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date: 25 April 2017

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The author argues that an important key to happiness is wisdom. Educational systems have focused heavily on developing individuals who are knowledgeable, but too often, people are unable (or unwilling) to use their knowledge in wise ways. People are wise to the extent that they use their knowledge and skills in search of a common good; by balancing intrapersonal, interpersonal, and extrapersonal interests; over the short and long terms; through the infusion of positive ethical values. Much of the unhappiness in the world is a result of people who are smart but use their intelligence to promote only their self-interest and not the interests of others, and of people who seek goals that, while attractive in the short term, are not helpful in the long term.

Keywords: wisdom, balance theory, intrapersonal interests, interpersonal interests, extrapersonal interests

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