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Describe a person you would consider "very well educated," wise and worldly.

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    Make up a person in your mind.

    Imagine that person was widely considered to be very well educated, wise and worldly.

    Now, if someone was described as very well educated, wise and worldly to you:

    -What educational background would they have? What kind of schools, did they go to what courses did they take, what subjects would they have studied, what universities would they have graduated from, what majors did they read, what languages do they know and speak, what degrees would they have attained?

    -What experiences outside academia would they have encountered to make them both wise and worldly? Such as, did they serve in the military or the police? Were they perhaps a journalist? Did they ever work in a supervisory capacity in which they managed people and judged their work? Did they come close to death? Were they ever married? Did they have children? What sort of pain or trauma in their lives had they witnessed but came through.

    -What specific countries and cities have they travelled to? Did they ever live abroad, and if so, how long would there stay have to have been in order to satisfy the worldly context of this question?
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    (Original post by HonestBob)
    Make up a person in your mind.

    Imagine that person was widely considered to be very well educated, wise and worldly.

    Now, if someone was described as very well educated, wise and worldly to you:

    -What educational background would they have? What kind of schools, did they go to what courses did they take, what subjects would they have studied, what universities would they have graduated from, what majors did they read, what languages do they know and speak, what degrees would they have attained?

    -What experiences outside academia would they have encountered to make them both wise and worldly? Such as, did they serve in the military or the police? Were they perhaps a journalist? Did they ever work in a supervisory capacity in which they managed people and judged their work? Did they come close to death? Were they ever married? Did they have children? What sort of pain or trauma in their lives had they witnessed but came through.

    -What specific countries and cities have they travelled to? Did they ever live abroad, and if so, how long would there stay have to have been in order to satisfy the worldly context of this question?
    Any takers on this question...?
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    so much effort...
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    Stephen Fry.
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    (Original post by HonestBob)
    Make up a person in your mind.

    Imagine that person was widely considered to be very well educated, wise and worldly.

    Now, if someone was described as very well educated, wise and worldly to you:

    -What educational background would they have? What kind of schools, did they go to what courses did they take, what subjects would they have studied, what universities would they have graduated from, what majors did they read, what languages do they know and speak, what degrees would they have attained?

    -What experiences outside academia would they have encountered to make them both wise and worldly? Such as, did they serve in the military or the police? Were they perhaps a journalist? Did they ever work in a supervisory capacity in which they managed people and judged their work? Did they come close to death? Were they ever married? Did they have children? What sort of pain or trauma in their lives had they witnessed but came through.

    -What specific countries and cities have they travelled to? Did they ever live abroad, and if so, how long would there stay have to have been in order to satisfy the worldly context of this question?
    Alright, well, I'll start off with a few of my opinions, and maybe we can get this conversation started.

    I'd say first off, if you were British you'd have to attend a reputable independent school with a long rich history. I'm not sure if boarding is really as acceptable as it was in the past. Leaving the family unit at such a young age causes psychological trauma, and some studies suggest it produces a very cold hearted person in adulthood. Nevertheless, the modules they teach are essential: history, languages, philosophy, maths, science, art, music. They provide a good opening for entering an excellent university such as Oxbridge, one of the top Russell Group uni's, or better still, a top flight university abroad. The American Ivy League 9Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Brown, etc.) and some of the better State Schools like University of California at Berkeley, University of Virginia, SUNY, etc.) aould provide the best life experiences and educational opportunities that attending Oxbridge couldn't match. And again, a heavy load of the arts and humanities (History, English Literature, Philosophy, Foreign Languages, Music, Art, etc.) are the classes which provide the greatest wisdom and lessons in life. Social Sciences are useful (Psychology, Economics, Sociology, Geography, Anthropology, Politics), so long as they aren't overshadowed with personal bias from the agenda driven crowd. There's a lot of bunk wrapped up in the social sciences, but there's also pearls of wisdom once you learn how to think for yourself. Again, that's where the humanities come in. They teach you how to think, analyse and be critical of information. Once your Bachelor degree is completed, to be considered highly educated, I'd say it would be necessary to complete at least a Masters, if not a Ph.D. in one of the humanities subjects or the hard sciences. When your education is all said and done, not only should you have become articulate, analytical and knowledgeable about life, you should also have command of at least one other language than English. French if you study the humanities and German, preferably, if you study the hard sciences.

    Knowledge of a foreign language will help considerably when you leave the ties of education and venture out into the world. While you are still young and unattached, everyone should live abroad at some point. And I don't mean to just visit a beach somewhere for a couple months over the summer. First off, a year or two living and working in a major European city such as Paris, Berlin, Rome, Madrid, Amsterdam. This is a rewarding experience that gives you enormous wisdom. While abroad every opportunity to travel and integrate yourself with the local culture should be exercised. Then, some time in America is a must. Again, see as much of it as you can and not just New York City. Strike up conversations with as many Americans as you can. You'll find the Yanks really do love us Brits. I was often blown away by the amoutn of genuine affection the average American has for Britain, the British people, and British institutions. An extended tour of Austrailia or South Africa is a must too, since you need to see what life is like south of the equator. However, most important of all, a truly worldly person will have spent time living and perhaps even working in a developing nation. This opens the doors to worldliness and wisdom more than any other travel experience.

    Now, in order to travel this extensively, one needs to earn money by doing it. The armed forces are an option, but your own choice and agency of movement are limited. There are other options, however, being a freelance journalist or a gypsy scholar in academia would suit this lifestyle too. Joining the UN international police is another major eye opener into life. As a London bobby friend of mine says, being a policeman is a front row seat in life.

    By the time you start closing in on 30, and the travelling bug is out of your system, I'd recommend sttling down, buying a house, getting married and raising children. Nothing brings more wisdom about life than the responsibility of being a parent. I'd also say you need to grow vegetables, flowers and breed animals to some degree to get a slight taste of the same.

    That, my friends, at least I think, is the road to wisdom--and all before you reach your 30th birthday.
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    When not policing Latin America with my Physics PhD, amateur interest in gardening, and the classical Greek I picked up at my famous public school, I like nothing better than to sit in my parents' back-bedroom 'inventing people'.

    How do I fare, then?
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    (Original post by cambio wechsel)
    When not policing Latin America with my Physics PhD, amateur interest in gardening, and the classical Greek I picked up at my famous public school, I like nothing better than to sit in my parents' back-bedroom 'inventing people'.

    How do I fare, then?
    Wiseass. Ha ha....

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