[lbo-talk] The Wisdom Quiz!

Sean Andrews cultstud76 at gmail.com
Tue May 8 22:17:45 PDT 2007

4.3 but I can't help but think it would drive objectivists crazy; it seems like wisdom here is most often equated with selflessness (as the author's paper "Self-Development through Selflessness" seems to prefer) and trying to understand other people's perspective. I think those are good interpersonal skills, but I don't know if I'd say they are the equivalent of wisdom.

I also think there is a sort of cultural preference in the US for the kind of wisdom that says you better look out for yourself because no one else will, pace John Wayne and Bruce Willis, and thinking with your gut, a la Stephen Colbert. Or maybe this isn't really wisdom...anyway it was hard to tell what the person who created the test thought wisdom was for the first few questions but then it again became hard to sincerely reflect rather than just trying to get a good score.

(on the other hand, on a second run through [4.8] it seems that there is also a real emphasis on personal responsibility and not blaming anyone else for your lot in life so maybe the Ayn Rand folks wouldn't be so upset after all.)


On 5/8/07, ravi <ravi at platosbeard.org> wrote:
> http://www.nytimes.com/ref/magazine/20070430_WISDOM.html
> I came in a mere 3.7.
> --ravi
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