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Sample Compare/Contrast Essay: English 11

Knowledge vs. Wisdom

by Anne L.

Though knowledge and wisdom may seem alike, they are really very different. As a matter of fact they only have two things in common: Both require a brain and both are very hard to obtain.

A knowledgeable person might dress in a fashion that can be accepted by everyone, not too conservative and not too abstract. When a knowledgeable person enters a room, she tries not to make herself too noticed though she does want everyone to acknowledge that she is in the room. A knowledgeable person knows things like times and dates, and just what should happen at this time and who should be where at that time. A knowledgeable student dresses to suit the 'norm' of her surroundings and makes an attempt to fit in as best as possible. When entering a classroom, a knowledgeable student always goes directly to her seat and promptly takes out the previous night's lessons so that she might review it once more before the start of class. A knowledgeable student knows things such as the multiplication tables all the way up to twenty, how to diagram every sentence that she hears, and the Japanese alphabets, all three.

A wise person dresses in a fashion that suits her, so that she is cornfortable, not worrying what everyone else around her thinks. Upon entering a roorn, a wise person casually greets their friends, engages in a little conversation and then continues on with their business, knowing that it is important to let people know that you always enjoy talking with them. A wise person knows things such as the importance of dates and times and why things should happen. A wise student dresses in what she wants to dress in, regardless of what all of the others wear or believe to be the "norm." A wise student enters a room and jokes with her classmates before settling in their desk to take out her books, knowing that the time you share with your friends is just as important as the time you use completing your lessons. A wise student comes to class knowing how to use the multiplication tables in daily life, and why it is so important to know how to diagram sentences, and how to use the Japanese alphabets, all three.

Knowledgeable people spend most of their time planning out exactly when something should happen and just how long it has to take. And after they have completed the task of planning everything they spend the rest oftheir time accomplishing everything on their list; the only thought in their minds is that everything at one time or another has to be completed. Wise people are aware of the fact that you can only plan so much and the rest should be done when time allows. They know that it is not only impossible to plan every moment that one is awake, but that this is equally an ineffective way to live one's life. Wise people also know that not everything can be done in the time allotted, and that you must use your time for business as well as pleasure.

In summary, knowledgeable people and wise people may have the same amount of intelligence and may be equally smart, but there is still a huge difference between the two. Knowledgeable people know more often when and where, but wise people know more of the reasons, how something happened and why it is significant. For example, in the case of a personal tragedy, a knowledgeable person would know what was supposed to be said and when, but a wise person would know what needed to be said and how, already knowing the why.

The most direct difference between wisdom and knowledge is this: knowledge is only information, until it is successfully retained in one's mind. Without a brain, knowledge is simply information, whereas the application of knowledge, or wisdom, cannot exist without a mind, not being something that one can read about or memorize, because if there is no brain, there is no wisdom.

 

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