In his wisdom talk, Simon Cohen challenges conventional views on wisdom and discusses what it means to leave a legacy of hope, love and ideas. He shares his story of chasing wisdom according to traditional methods and what he learned in the process.
Wisdom is not knowledge, the avoidance of pain or gained through world travel. Cohen did not gain wisdom through his university studies, a corporate career, or travelling around the globe to places like India to learn from wise leaders like the Dalai Llama. He asserts that wise people are willing to admit when they do not know something. They also are willing to be vulnerable and understand that pain is an inevitable part of life. Wise people take their time and go slow. Contrary to typical images of bearded professors, he finds the most wisdom in babies and children.