On this day we remind ourselves of the idea of Wisdom. The quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment. Synonyms: intelligence, common sense, judgment, smartness
"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." ~ Socrates
The owl is emblematic of a deep connection with wisdom and intuitive knowledge. Wisdom, in the ethical sense of the term, is a very different thing from book-learning. Illiterate people are frequently exceedingly wise, while learned people are often the biggest fools.
Wisdom and knowledge have different meanings, but are often portrayed as synonyms. This is corrected by giving an example: it's wise to run a successful business because wisdom includes action. It's nothing more than smart to write a business plan proposing a successful business because knowledge is strictly cognitive. The difference in knowledge is knowing it; wisdom is doing it.
The Ancient Greeks considered wisdom to be an important virtue, personified as the Goddesses Metis and Athena. Athena was portrayed as strong, fair, merciful, and chaste. And to Socrates and Plato, philosophy was literally the love of Wisdom. This permeates Plato's dialogues, especially The Republic, in which the leaders of his proposed utopia are to be philosopher kings, rulers who understand the Form of the Good and possess the courage to act accordingly.
Norse God Odin is not an omniscient God; in fact, his chief characteristic is that he’s always seeking wisdom, even at great personal cost. The most famous of Odin’s myths is how he lost his eye in seeking greater knowledge and discernment. One interpretation of this myth notes that Odin exchanges worldly vision (his eye) for internal vision (wisdom). While he didn’t give up his worldly sight entirely, he realized that in some cases, wisdom and discernment propel us further towards our goals than what’s on the surface.
Glad Yuletide to Everyone. Wassail!