I have found much to my dismay that if I stop exercising my muscles I get weaker and less capable of doing the physical things I used to do.
The opportunity to do physical exercise outside of the time I spend swapping my time for money is getting greater and greater. There are no end of things being invented to make physical exercise more convenient, exciting and fun. With participation undoubtedly they would make me stronger, yet I am less physically fit than I have ever been.
In days gone by I worked on Farms, building, mowing lawns doing all manner of physical activity. I was fit, happy and healthy. I now work in an office in front of a computer getting fatter and less healthy.
My switch from physical work to more sedentary work shows me the value and need of practicing the physical.
I’ve been wondering if the same principle applies to Wisdom.
Are the systems we implement in business and society taking away the necessity to practice wisdom and thereby making us less wise?
Barry Schwartz gives a TED talk where he gives examples of systems creating barriers to the practice of Wisdom.
Perhaps we need to be designing systems which promote the practice of wisdom. With practice, perhaps we can turn the tide on what is seemingly a collective loss in this area.
Along side our fight against obesity, should we be fighting against this loss? If so, what are the new set of tools to help us with this fight. Kahatika?
Update: Barry has released a little more on the subject. Still no definitive answer to how to ensure more practical wisdom. He does touch on changing the system though.
This is what Kahatika does.