The things that can make one wise are both few and numerous, I believe. On the one hand you have all the trials and tribulations of life and the people who can teach you about them and the books you can read about them; but at the same time, most of the stuff and nonsense that you’ll hear out there is just plain old foolishness and should be thrown in the trash can.
So, wisdom itself could be more of knowing what to take and what to leave. Sound wisdom and discretion. You don’t always have to live through a fire to learn how to deal with flame, but if you’re not going to experience it firsthand, you better listen and watch and store up discretionary thinking.
So, does it all boil down to practice? Practicing being the wise man and not the fool at all times so that when the heat is really on you will practice sound wisdom and discretion without having to stop and read up?
— from last September. [Can anyone tell I’d been reading Proverbs?]