Learned vs wise – Your choice

The learned man aims for more. But the wise man decreases. And then decreases again – Choose Yourself by James Altucher

Isn’t it interesting that we are all looking for freedom but there are very few things we do to achieve freedom. We go to school, get a job, acquire property and consume to feel free. We don’t consume much! Do we?

Well, anything edible is consumed through our mouth and what’s inedible can be found all over our body or around us wherever we happen to be. Didn’t we already start with being free?

I decided to do a google search to find what’s the dictionary meaning of freedom. No wonder when I search the word freedom in google, the top result is a furniture company. The machines do learn fast about what humans want!

I then decided to check out the meaning of freedom in webster online dictionary. One of the definitions of freedom is the quality or state of being free as in the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action.

Let’s consider one meaning of freedom, the absence of necessity. If there is an absence of necessity, then I am considered to be free. Looking at the example of furniture, I can be thought to be free if I have an absence of necessity of buying furniture.

Another meaning of freedom is that there is no constraint in my choice or action.So again looking at furniture as an example, once I have realised that I have a necessity of buying furniture, I am free if there is no constraint on my choice of buying furniture.

Life, there is something for everybody. We are all free to learn or be wise.


  1. Excellent and perceptive post! As Rousseau said, “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.” How strange that we deliberately choose to chain ourselves with material goods, and then show off to others that our chains are better than theirs, that our chains are made of gold! Are we truly free in the choices we make in consuming goods, when we are constrained by our own egos and our fears of anonymity?

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