So as not to mislead anyone, this is about Albert Einstein - he got ideas through imagining things first, and then sitting at his desk, pondering for up to decades, and also calculating, to verify some of them. Many are accepted in the scientific community today.
I was working on a comprehensive paper on the special theory of relativity for the Jahrbuch der Radioaktivität und Elektronik, I had also to attempt to modify the Newtonian theory of gravitation in such a way that its laws would fit in the [special relativity] theory. Attempts in this direction did show that this could be done, but did not satisfy me because they were based on physically unfounded hypotheses. . . .
A significant part of Einsteins luckiest though reminds of a Norwegian proverb: "Look now, said the man from Sogn, he fell down from the church roof."
Allowing for "room on the top", as for Einstein, and "room for worse in the basement, such as Inquisition practices," the three general ways above may work fine in unison and together, and separately. That is, the fruits can be good and entertaining too. Much in a culture has to rest on unverified, agreed-on standards (level 2 above) all the same. Cultural outlets rest on agreed-on standards, and without good culture and its various ways of handling this and that with tact and good spirits, we would soon tire of the way we live. We may expect that.
Also, much that goes for solid wisdom in some quarters, is not (yet) verified by standard research - and may still work. If we like, we can look on sagaciousness-maintaining proverbs as forerunners of theories, that is, hypotheses (see e.g. Fergusson 2001).
In Rogerian counselling, also known as Person Centred counselling, it is assumed that humans have an innate drive to grow in a nurturing and accepting environment. A setting that allows for genuine, empathetic and positive regard may lead to development of the person.
With this in mind, one may consider some other points as well.
I have learned that my total organismic sensing of a situation is more trustworthy than my intellect. - Carl R. Rogers, On Becoming a Person
The good life . . . involves an increasingly tendency to live fully in each moment. - Carl R. Rogers, On Becoming a Person
Positive psychology can help individuals do the right thing. - Daniel Torrance
Acting well is not always easy and we often fail to do what is right despite our best intentions . . . we need practical wisdom (phronesis). - Daniel Torrance
Practical wisdom is . . . allows one to be morally perceptive, to deliberate between courses of action, and to make a reasoned choice that is aligned with worthwhile ends. - Daniel Torrance
You'll get older but not necessarily wiser. - Richard Templar
Accept yourself. - Richard Templar
Leave a little space for yourself each day. - Richard Templar
It's OK to feel big emotions. - Richard Templar
Never lend money unless you are prepared to write it off. - Richard Templar
Look at the long-term ramifications of what you do for a living. - Richard Templar
We move toward truth by throwing out what is false. - Susan T. Gardner, 2009, 30.
Be part of the solution, not the problem. - Richard Templar
Practical wisdom guides individuals towards human excellence by exerting our strengths in moderation to establish good habits, which ultimately forms a good character. - With Daniel Torrance
Practical wisdom is needed to help individuals . . . find balance between conflicting aims. - With Daniel Torrance
Practical wisdom is necessary for any individual or professional to become the best that he/she can be and to truly flourish. - Daniel Torrance
By adopting practical wisdom, . . . positive psychology can fulfill its original aims of making the lives of people better and of building flourishing communities. - Daniel Torrance
Good second chances may work better if outcomes derive from expert skills and mature work levels attained to first yield a platform somehow.
One had better be careful to guard against what is good for nothing.
It is quite important to maintain the strength to be uncertain and live with uncertainty. There is a difference between gross insecurity and uncertainty on the one hand, and skilled, carefully geared up uncertainty on the other, as in quantum physics.
To be counted as a clever expert where uncertainties abound, it pays to mingle well, but it depends.
Love is a recurrent theme in so many tales people tell.
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Fergusson, Rosalind. 2001. The Penguin Dictionary of Proverbs. 2nd ed. London: Market House Books / Penguin Books.
Gardner, Susan T. 2009. Thinking Your Way to Freedom: A Guide to Owning Your Own Practical Reasoning. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
Hough, Margaret. Counselling Skills and Theory. 4th ed. Abingdon, Oxon: Hodder Education, 2014.
Pais, Abraham. 2005. "Subtle is the Lord . . .": The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein. Reissued paperback ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Rogers, Carl R. On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1963.
Sanders, Pete. First Steps in Counselling: A Students' Companion for Basic Introductory Courses. 3rd. ed. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books, 2002.
Templar, Richard. 2011. The Rules of Life: A Personal Code for Living a Better, Happier, and More Successful Kind of Life. Expanded ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
Torrance, Daniel. 2015. Practical Wisdom and the Pursuit of the Good in the Good Life. Thesis. University of Pennsylvania
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