If wisdom is ultimately about all things thriving, here are six tests to see if this is wise:
Is there interdependence? Is the whole being greater than the individual parts?
Is there multiplication? Are more and more people benefitting, to the extent that everyone becomes a teacher?
Is there energy transformation? Does this wisdom welcome and incorporate the energy everyone brings?
Is there multi-usage? Is wasted avoided or minimised, everything produced becoming energy for new things?
Is there symbiosis? Is there a diversity of membership and expresui9sion, including collaboration over competition?
Is there function? Does this wisdom bear fruit, rather than existing for its own sake?
Christian Schwarz named these biotic principles.* They exist in the world around natural wisdom which we are capable of extending through Human creativity, charged with honour, nobility, and enlightenment
‘Human creativity suggests a thin fissure, a cracking a purely cause-and-effect view of the world.’**
I suggested, wisdom is about everything thriving – at least, this is our hope and intent. Everyone is a creative being and ought to be encouraged to express this. All are worthy (honour), capable of creating and giving (noble), and, through their lives, to bring everyone brings light into the world because of who they are (enlightening).
(*From Christian Schwarz’s Natural Church Development Handbook. Whilst this comes from the world of religion and faith, a book from the business world which also seeks to use natural understanding to improve how we live in the marketplace is Pascale, Millemann, and Gioja’s Surfing the Edge of Chaos.)
(**From Alex McManus’s Makers of Fire.)