When I was young, I thought other people could give me wisdom. Now that I’m older, I know this isn’t true.Farnam Street
Wisdom is earned, not given. When other people give us the answer, it belongs to them and not us. While we might achieve the outcome we desire, it comes from dependence, not insight. Instead of thinking for ourselves, we’re dependent on the insight of others.
There is nothing wrong with buying insight, this is one way we leverage ourselves. The problem is when we assume the insight of others is our own.
Earning insight requires going below the surface. Most of us want to shy away from the details and complexity. It takes a while. It’s boring. It’s mental work.
Yet it is only by jumping into the complexity that we can really discover simplicity for ourselves.