Conventional Wisdom is More Often Convention than Wisdom

What’s the difference between wisdom, and conventional wisdom? Shouldn’t wisdom be sufficiently universal and timeless you shouldn’t have to qualify it with anything? And why conventional, of all qualifiers, meaning generally accepted as if common sense rather than wise knowledge known to a few? In that sense, conventional wisdom is an oxymoron, which is hardly wise, symbolically or literally.

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Conventional wisdom is to wisdom what junk food is to food [Anonymous]

I LOVE this quote because it is EXACTLY what I think of conventional wisdom for its value and people’s confusion over it and true wisdom.

Sometimes, conventional wisdom is just outdated. Other times, it was just stupid to begin with, based on any number of ridiculous “justifications”. It may be appealing to the senses, come with a good tag line, cheap to come by cause it’s everywhere, but it’s just bad, in general. There are exceptions, of course, but I’m standing by my perspective on the matter!