We reach the pinnacle of the DIKW Pyramid: the Wisdom Level. This level involves applying the knowledge we’ve formed out of the information that our data provided to us. In this topic, we embrace that wisdom involves even more of our humanity than the levels below it. Our goals and priorities factor in, as do important principles of values and ethics. Just because we use data, it doesn’t mean every decision will be obvious or straightforward.
Wisdom is “where the rubber hits the road” and all of our work with data culminates in better decisions and actions.
Exercise 1.5. Returning to the example you’ve been developing in the previous exercises in this chapter, see if you can think of an unwise course of action and a wise course of action that would stem from application of the knowledge you have gleaned thus far.
“Learning is a matter of gathering knowledge. Wisdom is applying that knowledge.”
“We learn knowledge; we cannot learn wisdom. Wisdom arises through the assimilation of suffering. Suffering assimilated enlarges the personality, brings amplitude to the soul.”
James Hollis, Swamplands of the Soul