wisdom,humor and faith

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WISDOM, HUMOR, AND FAITH: A HISTORICAL VIEW
Walter G. Moss
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Walter G. Moss 1
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Wisdom, Perspective, and Values 2
HumorÔÇÖs Contribution to Wisdom 4
Humor and Wisdom in Europe: Some Highlights 5
Renaissance Humor: Erasmus, Rabelais, Cervantes, Shakespeare 5
Two European Russians: Anton Chekhov and Vladimir Soloviev 9
Reflections on Humor from Nietzsche to the Theatre of the Absurd 12
Humor and Wisdom in the United States: Lincoln, Beecher, Twain, Sandburg, and Buchwald 17 From The Times (of London) obituary on him (January 19, 2007) that mentioned his ÔÇ£wit and wisdomÔÇØ in its title, available at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article1294342.ece.
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They were creative, too, and appreciated the world around them with a sense of awe and wonder. . . . The inner directedness that Maslow noted is a key feature of wisdom. It arises, in part, from acquiring new, more helpful perspectives.ÔÇØ2
Wise perspectives are dependent on wise values. As Macdonald has written, ÔÇ£Wise values express themselves in wise attitudes and wise ways of being and functioning.ÔÇØ Among the wise values he mentions that relate to perspective are creativity, serenity, humility, clarity about what is, empathy, insight, intuitive understanding, patience, reality, self-awareness, and truth.3
Another prominent wisdom researcher, Robert Sternberg, believes that ÔÇ£people are wise to the extent that they use their intelligence to seek a common good. They do so by balancing, in their courses of action, their own interests with those of others and those of larger entities, like their school, their community, their country, even God.ÔÇØ In fostering wisdom, Sternberg also thinks it is important to teach people to see ÔÇ£things from othersÔÇÖ perspectives as well as oneÔÇÖs own,ÔÇØ to tolerate ÔÇ£other peopleÔÇÖs points of view, whether or not one agrees with such views.ÔÇØ He refers to this approach as his ÔÇ£balance theory of wisdom.ÔÇØ He also believes that many ÔÇ£smart and well-educated peopleÔÇØ lack wisdom because they ÔÇ£are particularly susceptible to four fallacies,ÔÇØ which he labels the egocentrism, omniscience, omnipotence, and…

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