Seeking Wisdom

An announcement and request from the Salt Lake Tribune:

Who is wise?

Maybe your mom, who seemed to know exactly what to say to teenage traumas. Perhaps your pastor, who inspired you to improve your life. Maybe even a president, who guided a nation through war or peace.
We want your thoughts about wisdom, a quality that stretches beyond knowledge to include insight, sound judgment and more.

But what exactly is wisdom? Who has it? And what makes a person wise?

Just e-mail your thoughts and nominate people you see as wise — both the famous and not-so-famous — to


  1. But what exactly is wisdom? Who has it? And what makes a person wise?

    Wasn’t this settled eons ago? Wisdom is obtained by being early to bed and early to rise.

  2. One vote for Heavenly Mother.

  3. Wisdom is knowledge of good and evil. Humanity inherited it. Eating a certain piece of fruit makes us wise.

  4. Chris Henrichsen says:

    I nominate Scott B.

  5. I accept.

    Now, how do I send myself to the Trib?

  6. Antonio Parr says:

    Lowell Bennion.

  7. I suggested that it requires a mix of idealism and pragmatism. Sadly, we haven’t had a president or Congress with this mix in a long time.

  8. Antonio Parr says:

    No fair doing word plays on Lowell Bennion, the wisest of all wise Latter-Day Saints.

    Now, if the Trib is looking for “wise asses”, then I have a much longer list to submit . . .

  9. People just need to _be_ wise and stop worrying about what it means. What can I say more?

  10. Steve Evans says:

    A lot, apparently.

  11. Wisdom is a word. It is also The Word.
    And the Word was of Wisdom, and the Word was Wisdom.

  12. Of course, at one point grease was also the word, so I don’t know where that leaves us.

  13. Dave K …. AWESOME!

  14. Chad too says:

    Steve, it means the Word of Wisdom leaves us without groove or meaning, time, place, or motion.

  15. BJohnson says:

    Wisdom is the quality that keeps you out of situations in which you need it.

  16. Pres. Thomas Monson, Mother Teresa, Pamela Atkinson, who is the Salt Lake valley equivalent of Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, Gandhi and many others have great wisdom. When we live in a spirit of loving kindness, compassion, service, generosity, humility, and mercy, we live with wisdom or enlightenment. Wisdom may be described as “the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight [].
    Wisdom may be more a result how well we utilize our knowledge rather than how much knowledge we accumulate.

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