How to Live: A Search for Wisdom

Book Distills The Wisdom Of The Over-70 Set
Talk of the Nation. January 01, 2009

Henry Alford interviews people over the age of 70. “How to Live: A Search for Wisdom From Old People”

A clever person solves a problem; a wise person avoids it. That’s Albert Einstein’s definition of wisdom.

Mr. ALFORD: Yeah. The three biggies for me are doubt, reciprocity and nonattachment:

  • Doubt being this idea that, you know, you can say if A happens and B happens, then usually C will happen. However, there’s always a chance that a grand piano will come crashing down on our heads.
    there’s always wiggle room.
  • Nonattachment is this idea that you shouldn’t fixate on things.
  • Reciprocity, of course, is the “do unto others” kind of thinking.

Trust in God but tie your camel.


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