Wikipedia describes wisdom as:
‘a deep understanding and realization of people, things, events or situations, resulting in the ability to apply perceptions, judgements and actions in keeping with this understanding’
In my painting I have personified wisdom as a Native American, because I believe the highest forms of wisdom in this world, come from Native American elders and the teachings of their ancestors. They produced wonderfully poetic examples of wisdom in the form of stories and sayings. I love this story the most:
‘One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson
about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between
two “wolves” inside us all.
One is Evil.
It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed,
arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies,
false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is Good.
It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute
and then asked his grandfather:
“Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied,
“The one you feed.”
—A Native American Metaphor’
Here is some more Native American wisdom:
THE TEN NATIVE AMERICAN COMMANDMENTS
3. Show great respect for your fellow beings.
4. Work together for the benefit of all Mankind.
5. Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.
6. Do what you know to be right.
7. Look after the well being of mind and body.
8. Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good.
9. Be truthful and honest at all times.
10. Take full responsibility for your actions