Pearls Of Wisdom?

by Jay Deragon on 07/24/2009

Pearls of wisdom represent conversational currency that enables individuals and businesses to progress towards an aim using wisdom. Some conversations are like rare pearls while other, and most, are like fake pearls.

What Is A Real Pearl Like?

The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries, and because of this, the word pearl became a metaphor for something very rare, very fine, very admirable and very valuable.

Valuable pearls occur in the wild, but they are very rare. Cultured or farmed pearls make up the majority of those that are currently sold. Imitation or fake pearls are also widely sold in inexpensive jewelry, but the quality of the iridescence is usually very poor, and generally speaking, fake pearls are usually quite easy to distinguish from the real thing.

Pearls Of Wisdom

Wisdom is knowledge, understanding, experience, discretion, and intuitive understanding, along with a capacity to apply these qualities well towards finding solutions to problems. It is the judicious and purposeful application of knowledge that is valued in society. To some extent the terms wisdom and intelligence have similar and overlapping meanings. The status of wisdom or prudence as a virtue is recognized in cultural, philosophical and religious sources.

When we view social media through the definitions of “pearls of wisdom” we can see that the most valuable conversations occur in the wild, but they are very rare. These conversations enable people to gain knowledge and intuitive understanding, along with a capacity to apply these qualities well towards finding solutions to problems.  Conversations that represent “fake pearls of wisdomare usually quite easy to distinguish from the real thing.

Real Or Fake?

Most people and businesses do not realize how “transparent” their conversation become when engaging in social media. Some apply old marketing schemes to social media only to quickly being discovered as “fake” or insincere. Other view social media through the lens of “advertising” and push put messages that add no value to the solving of problems (wisdom). Advertisiers push their offering into conversations and are rejected and wonder why.  The reason is they lack wisdom.

In the human network people migrate to “pearls of wisdom” because of the value created by the conversation. It does not take much wisdom to understand why some conversations are considered pearls of wisdom and others are not. That is of course only if your viewing “social media” as a human network seeking wisdom vs. a institutional network seeking to grab people attention with ads and hype aimed at forcing results.  Forced results are temporary. Wisdom last forever. Get it?

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