“Knowing others is intelligence, knowing yourself is true wisdom” – Lao Tzu
This brilliant quote from Lao Tzu truly encompasses the absolute truth regarding the fundamental difference between intelligence and wisdom. When we try to understand people around us, we use our mental faculties to understand who they are based on their actions, behaviours and attitudes towards others. For instance, a mother knows their child very well in terms of their physiological and psychological needs and can meet those desires through tender love & care. A doctor understands their patients well and can tend to their ailments with sound advice.
We often it find it easy to understand others & are able to anticipate their desires, but when ask ourselves this question, we suddenly become lost.
We can know ourselves through careful self-reflection and looking deep inside our inner workings to see what makes us tick. Through this self-analysis, we can determine what kinds of things makes us happy, events that make us sad among the other many emotions expressed by us.
I think that the greatest benefit of knowing ourselves is the ability to better explain our true nature to people, allowing them to take a enhanced approach in understanding us. Also, if we have a firm grasp of who we are, we are better able to meet the needs of others as we can more closely align our true nature to their needs.
Just take a moment and carefully think about this,
Who are you?