The Importance Of Wisdom In Hesse's Siddhartha

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The author Paul Coehlo once wrote in his book “Veronica decides to die,” “People never learn anything from being told, they have to find out for themselves.” (Coehlo). This idea has been the singular focus of writers and philosophers over many generations. From the stories of Buddha’s enlightenment to arguments in today 's’ political sphere, the contrast of thought on knowledge and wisdom has been a source of argument in the “thinking man’s world.” Knowledge is widely understood to be what one can look at or examine. Wisdom is obtained through different learning experiences in one’s life. In delving into the works of Siddartha and I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, as well as examples of learning experiences in my own life story, it will be proven that wisdom can never be taught but through actual life and actual painful memories. In the book Siddhartha, Hesse shows that only going through life and the experiences that come with, that you can learn Wisdom. Many times, in the events of Siddhartha, the main titular character Siddhartha finds many teachers and their philosophies underwhelming and not what he needs. He immerses himself in every teaching he can come by, and every time he leaves in search of a better way to find enlightenment. One occurrence of this comes when he confronts Gautama the Buddha, “Yesterday, O Sublime One, I had the privilege of hearing your marvelous teachings. Together with my friend I came from far away to hear this doctrine. And now my friend

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