I had a thought this week regarding metrics for gauging overall life wisdom. If you had only one question to ask, what would you ask in order to estimate the overall wisdom of a person? Here’s a possible candidate:
What do you think about stereotypes? Are they true, false, or somewhere between?
I see clear maturity levels in potential answers:
Yes, they’re true and they apply to individuals. Expect to hear this from the bottom tier of our populations. Rural Mississippi, the backwoods of Sudan, etc.
No, they are not true and they don’t apply to individuals. Expect to hear this from liberally-educated and good-natured people who have been brought up to embrace the moralistic fallacy.
Yes, they are likely to have much truth in them, but they absolutely cannot be applied to individuals. This to me seems to be the most nuanced and realistic position to hold.
Where do you stand on this topic? And do you agree that this is a good proxy for wisdom?