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Lao Tzu said something along the lines of: Those who are learned aren’t necessarily wise, and the wise are not necessarily learned.

It can be a mistake to confuse academic learning for wisdom, or to defer to the opinion of a high-placed person simply because of their position.

Conversely, some people classify themselvss as ‘not knowing’ or ‘unqualified’ simply because they think they lack ‘education’.

I don’t mean to down-play the importance of knowledge and expertise, but there are times when they are trumped by wisdom, and you never know where wisdom will show itself.

 

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