Shouldn’t Higher Education Lead to Wisdom?

There are three sources of knowledge for a reason.

  • Knowledge applied without education leaves you foolish.
  • Knowledge applied without experience leaves you naive.
  • Knowledge applied without ethics / morals leaves you gullible.

It is only when we selflessly apply all three sources that we can be assured of a wise decision.

Anthony “Tony” Boquet

The sole purpose of every business ever created has been based on one central premise; to offer a product or service at a profit for a reasonable price that will solve a problem that the consumer could not solve on their own.  The same should be said for our colleges and universities when it comes to their ability to transfer the knowledge needed to solve future problems in the specific field of education.  Wisdom is the application of the three sources of knowledge toward the best solution to a problem.  It is up to the schools to affirm that their education is first true so that it can be transferred as knowledge applied as wisdom.  

 After all, wouldn’t a school be the perfect place to explore, understand and apply the truths that answer the questions raised by the unknowing?

The early universities were established around the understanding that knowledge is made up of three sources of development; Education, Experience and Ethical / Moral values.  The Solutionaries who led these great institutions understood that wise decisions cannot be assured without all three being applied as a solution to a problem.  For years institutions of higher learning were solely and totally focused on providing all three areas of development.  This required that the school hire professors who were well educated but also had to have experience in their field of study and be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to ethical and moral values.  In other words, professors were not only “educators” but experienced ethical practitioners.  Sadly, in todays hallowed halls of academia, this is not always the case.  Most schools are satisfied with turning out students who have an education instead of being Solutionaries with the knowledge required to make wise decisions.      

We live in a circular world.  This means that what goes around comes around.  In other words, if you experience something in your business of choice, you will more than likely experience it again in the future and you should be better equipped to handle the problem the second time around.  You will also have lived through the ethical / moral consequences of the decisions you chose to make.  That cannot be done solely by studying simulations, no matter how well established or delivered.  Some consequences may not surface until months or years after the decision is made.  A professor who never actually experienced this phenomenon has no way of teaching the lessons that only experiences can uncover.  

Every wise decision you or your business associates make must be based on the truth; identifying the true problem, understanding the true motivating factors impacting those affected by the problem and committing to the truly selfless solution as well as the consequences that will impact each of the three parties involved.  Education alone will fall short because it is almost impossible to do without experience yet some academic leaders believe that wise decision making is not important, not their responsibility or that education alone is adequate to deliver a solid graduate. 

My personal experiences taught me that each source of knowledge does matter; as a practitioner, as a business leader and now as someone who in works in academia.  I am proud to say that the institution I work for still delivers on all three components of wisdom.  Our professors are well educated and came out of the profession of which they now teach, each course we teach has an ethics component built into it and the educational material taught is based on well established truths. In addition, we have an experience requirement tied to the use of our college level designations.     

Regardless what is believed, the fact does not change; experience along with education and ethics are the three factors required in order to make wise decisions.  Sure, anyone can luck out and make a wise decision without any of the three but tuitions are paid and the value associated with holding a degree of higher learning demands more than just luck.  The business that hire the graduates do so because of the perceived value.  They do not just want to survive, they want to thrive, and that takes more than just luck.  If given a choice between two highly educated candidates; one with the knowledge to solve problems verses the other just a well-educated student, the corporate leaders would likely select wisdom over education every time.  One can buy an education but wisdom is only obtained through a lifetime of selfless dedication to solving problems with the truth.  

If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”, Vice President, Business Development at The American College of Financial Services

Three Crosses on a Hill

It is a chilly afternoon in early April.  The wind is briskly blowing over the rocky hillside.  A small squad of soldiers, having just completed their assigned tasks, huddle around a small fire to rest. The gruesome duties which they fulfilled, though cruel in the eyes of many, are just routine actions for this experienced team of men.  Even as their three prisoners moan and scream in agony and the bystanders gather to jeer or cry all around them; the soldiers can casually joke and enjoy the company of one another because this is just like every other day in their everyday lives.

As for the three men that they had just nailed and suspended onto three blood stained crosses, the day was anything but routine.  It was a day unlike any other.  A single day filled with so much unimaginable pain and humiliation that it seemed to last for an eternity.  Only to culminate into  one final massive physical trauma of being impaled onto a wooden beam, lifted and secured to another in the shape of a cross displayed in a public place so that each man was forced to suffer mental anguish as well.  They were left to their own mental torture as to ponder their unique existence while excruciatingly balancing their spiritual future on the remainder of the last day of their earthly existence.   

One of them was not satisfied to suffer alone.  He joined in the torment of one the three.

One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying,

“Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!”

But the other answered, and rebuking him saying,

“Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? We indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”

“Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!”

Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

This passage fully describes the life embodiment of the three solutions to every problem.  The criminal who taunted Jesus represents those of us who intentionally make the wrong choices.  Jesus, on the other hand, validates the exact opposite by setting the example that it is always possible to make the right choices in life.  And finally, the repentant thief, is the person who goes through life choosing the acceptable concessions.

Criminal one, is portrayed as some one who lacks empathy and has no fear of retribution; even as he suffers the ultimate penalty for utter selfishness.  It is clear that he and the other criminal were partners in crime.  They were caught stealing, likely from the Roman government or from a high-ranking Roman official, evidenced by their death sentence.  Theft from a regular citizen would have resulted in the loss of a hand not the loss of life.  This case is what became known as a Capital Crime. 

As we analyze the comments that the second criminal makes to his buddy, we can assume that he lived a life filled with regret from the decisions he made.  He was likely someone who would be referred to as a follower.  He knew the decisions he made were wrong but he did them anyway and probably without total commitment to his actions.  If left to his own accord in the decision-making process, he would spend a little more time in deciding his actions, weighing the right choice from the wrong and would probably land on the choice of an acceptable concession; always closer to the wrong choice.  In other words, he probably was a good man who followed the wrong people.

The example of Jesus, from a Christian’s perspective, is clearly a man who made the right choices and was willing to endure the consequences of his decision.  If you believe that he was true man, then he experiences hurt, suffering and pain like all of us.  If you also believe He is true God, then you believe He could have avoided all this pain just by willing it so.  This is what make the story of Good Friday so remarkable. 

The story of an innocent man standing for the truth even when that single decision will get him killed.  For three years, the Jewish leaders squabbled over the truths Jesus was sharing with their followers. Many of them secretly believed these truths but their livelihoods and social status required that they rebuke the truth.  It was their selfish reasons that ultimately cost him his life.  When he was directly asked if he was the Son of God, he told the court the complete truth.  “I am!”  These two words were told to Moses two thousand years before; when kneeling in the presence of God asked, “What should I call you? God replied, “I am who I am.”  In three days, their selfish lies would be exposed to the world.  

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”

If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.

The Evolution of Relativism

“The natural law is itself the eternal law, implanted in beings endowed with reason, and inclining them towards their right action and end.”

Saint Thomas Aquinas’ “Summa Theologiae”

The human race has forever questioned the “truth” or at the very least the “righteousness” of man-made laws.  Take speeding for instance; it is a good “idea” to restrict everyone from speeding, that is, until it is you who is late, struggling to make up for lost time.  I bet that as soon as that first speed limit was established, someone decided it would be okay to ignore the posted speed.  Consider another example, every society throughout history has had laws against the theft of property but the laws have never stopped some from stealing what is not theirs.  It is clear, by the activity level of the judicial system we view man-made laws as ours to break whenever we believe it is right for us.  If we get caught, we will surely have an excuse and when that doesn’t work we will deal with the consequences the best that we can.  Continue reading “The Evolution of Relativism”

True Love, Selfish Love; What is the Difference?

Wiser words were never spoken.  All love is not created equal and identifying the difference between true selfless love and selfish love is not always easy to determine at first blush.

Many young lovers are faced with this dilemma and they are not prepared to handle this complex problem.  Without the benefit of life’s experiences to rely on one person could be experiencing true love while being preyed upon by someone consumed by selfish love. They will both experience the stirrings of love in the form of emotions like happiness, excitement and pleasure which will entices more intimate relations to build.  Through the reciprocal nature of love, both partners will display outward signs such as tenderness, warmth, and endearment even if the end game desired is poles apart.  To complicate matters further, with all forms of love, these feelings will be returned to the one who initially offers them up regardless of the motives.  Due to our body’s hormone system, the way that we process any emotion naturally pushes the facts into the recesses of our mind so that they are rarely considered.  The ultimate goal for both people can be vastly different while emotionally identical; a breeding ground for confusion.  This leads to poor decision being made and negative outcomes that can last a life time. Continue reading “True Love, Selfish Love; What is the Difference?”

Searching for the Gold of Truth

Panning for gold was a difficult and time consuming way to earn a living.  During America’s Gold Rush heyday people were drawn to panning as an occupation.  The job either paid extremely well if you were part of the few or it was an economical disaster for the vast majority of the others.  The difference in the payout was completely dependent on only three things; the amount of effort one applied in the search, the amount of sediment that one filtered and the ability of the person to identify three key identifiers; what does gold look like, where does it hide and how does it react when found.

Gold is an element that exists alongside every other mineral, rock or metal found in the earth so why did people choose gold as the popular choice for currency?

Gold’s color is very appealing and attracts attention.  It is strong, durable and doesn’t corrode when it comes into contact with other element.  Finally, it is rare enough to generate an intrinsic value but available enough to supply the needs of the many.

As a student of the truth and a Financial Planner by trade, I found these similarities remarkable when comparing gold to the truth.

In the search for truth the “miner” is called a Solutionary.  The truth can be equally as hard to find for the same reasons as gold, it takes the same three things to successfully discover both and the Solutionary has to be aware of the three identifiers.  They must know what the truth looks like, where can it be found and how does it react differently than the other information that they are sifting through.

Like gold the truth resides alongside an abundant amount of minutia in the form of believable lies, desirable falsehoods and the chunks of the partial facts.  These other “elements” will not corrode or tarnish the truth.  These non-truths are spread out of a vast area of knowledge so to save times, the sincere seeker must find the trusted spots to begin mining.  Then one has to take the time needed to sift through this pile of weaker debris in order to expose the valuable gold of truth.  Only then can a Solutionary with the appropriate education, experience and moral/ethical fortitude learn, profess and live the treasure that we call the truth; solving the problems for others.

On the surface, the truth can be hard to spot but if one know where and what to look for, it is fairly easy to find.  The truth will always be based on Natural Law so any contradiction to the laws is the first sign of fool’s gold.  The truth will also be the right and best choice for all who it impacts.  If any of the three parties of the solution is not positively affected by it’s long term outcomes it is likely a pebble to be discorded.

Finally, truth always reacts differently from false information.  Just like gold is easy to separate from the lighter sediment, so too the truth does not wash away with the passage of time.  What was true once is always true.

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”

If this is my last post, I want all to know that there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.

Natural Law; The Basis of our Common Law

“Even Aristotle, a Greek pagan, would have agreed with the Christians on choices and / or decisions which would contradict with the natural flow of nature. He is credited with establishing the Law he called, The Natural Law: A paradigm that posits the existence of a set of laws whose content is set by nature and that therefore has validity everywhere.”

(International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences)

I think Aristotle and I would have been great friends because we both agree that it is nature that rules the truth and the truth can be found in all things naturally.  It is when society tolerates the opposite that problems cannot be solved.

Humans are the only creature with the mental capacity to make decisions that contradict that which is natural and when they do they are stupid enough to believe it is the true and right way of doing things.

However, it is evident that any time such decisions or choices are made it creates a multitude of additional problems for the person and all those that are effected by the choice or decision.  Problems are tied to the Wisdom of Three in the same manner as their solutions are in that there are always three stakeholders to every problem or solution.  The person or entity creating the issue, the person, persons, or entity directly affected by the problem / solution, and those indirectly impacted by the outcomes. Continue reading “Natural Law; The Basis of our Common Law”

Clamping down on Leadership

History is so important to the human race because it provides us with the experience component of wisdom.  It is wisdom that solves our troubles and without history we have no chance of overcoming our future dilemmas before they cause harm. It is through the lessons of history that we come to understand; how the eternal laws can solve these quandaries, create tools that leverage the power of the laws and master the application of the laws through the tools that we create so as to benefit all mankind.

For instance, the first clamps are said to have been developed by the Egyptian around 600 BC.  They were made by wedging two boards between large rocks.  The wedging force tightly pressed the two boards together so the glue could set, binding the boards as one.  This created stronger boards and for ship building, made a leak proof seal between boards.

Much has changed since 600 BC but the uses of modern clamps still solve the exact same problems they were originally intended to solve using the same laws of nature.  The Egyptians understood the Law of the Lever; force leveraged by a fulcrum will increase power, creating extra strength.

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Goldilocks; Innocent Child, Juvenile Delinquent or Ethically Challenged Individual?

Which child living among us, regardless of their age, has not read the story “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”?  This story was first recorded in narrative form by British writer and poet Robert Southey, and was first published anonymously as “The Story of the Three Bears” in 1837.  It was a time when society still valued right over wrong.  Parents looked for every opportunity to teach their children that poor moral character always came at a price.

Are these still important values in 2017?

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We Are “United” By the Decisions That We Make

Unless you live as a hermit, you have heard about what is viewed as the less than wise decisions, which were made by a gate manager and the cockpit crew of an United Airlines flight and possibly the airport police personnel called to a scene which resulted in a fare paying passenger being physically ejected from one of their airplanes due to an oversold situation.

This kind of event strictly exemplifies the importance of placing an equal value on making ethical decisions as well as legal ones.  United and every other airline are legally able to overbook their flights, select passengers who will forfeit their seat when none volunteer, and are contractually within their rights to have passengers evicted from their aircraft by force under certain situation when deemed necessary.  Everything that happened that day seems to have been legal but almost everyone agrees that it was not right.

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The Win, Win, Winning Resolution

Have you ever seen the statistics on New Year’s Resolutions?  Below is listed the top ten resolutions for the year 2015 as assessed from a University of Scranton study.

Rank Top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2015 – University of Scranton
1 Lose Weight
2 Getting Organized
3 Spend Less, Save More
4 Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5 Staying Fit and Healthy
6 Learn Something Exciting
7 Quit Smoking
8 Help Others in Their Dreams
9 Fall in Love
10 Spend More Time with Family

They then grouped those ten into four types of resolutions, Self improvement or education related, weight related, money related, and relationship related.

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