Have you ever been in a room full of people who are wiser than you? No one will have to tell you. You will know. Your reaction to this unusual experience will tell you, if you are wise, the nature of your future.
Many, if not most of us, will fake it, pretending, with knowing nods, and the use of words of which we barely know the meaning and we may even add a degree or two to our name. When this happens, time and effort are wasted, for those who are wiser, quickly recognize an imposter.
Some will telegraph that we wish we could hide behind the draperies, or dig a hole and climb in.
Still others will say, “That’s very interesting, I have never heard it put that way. Would you expand on it?” The phrase, or one similar, is the path to increased knowledge, and wisdom.
Method number three is the tool of the wise. The Spanish Sephardic Jewish Rabbi, Moses Maimonides stated, “Teach thy tongue to say, ‘I don’t know,’ and thou shalt progress.”
Nicodemus, one of the wisest men of his time, used this technique when he talked with Jesus in the middle of the night. The account is in John 3:1-21, the clear explanation by Jesus of the miracle of the New Birth. The key question by Nicodemus is John 3:9, “Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?”
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