Great essay about the difference between intelligence and wisdom. Anecdotally, I have a very brilliant relative who I like and respect very much, who believes his swami can teleport. Maybe he is right, but it’s a subject I avoid. Finding people with intelligence and wisdom is not always easy. Wisdom (IMHO) is also not evenly distributed in a person. There are very intelligent folks who are also very wise about politics but who keep picking partners that are horrible to/for/with them.
When looking for other people with wisdom, I find the hit ratio higher with those who have already taken a step back somewhere else in their life and reevaluated. This often is people who have broken with family or a group of friends who they realized really weren’t helping them, only controlling and/or manipulating them.
People who have shown the ability to question the biggest authority figures in their lives appear (to this lay person) to be the kind of people who can question other “truths” that have less “dignity.” Whereas those who can’t are the types of people who repeat the same mistakes (e.g. the DNC) or are apologists for abusers (e.g. Milo Yiannopoulos). The hardest thing (for me personally) is to talk with some really intelligent but unwise person and come to the conclusion that s|he is not ready to be unplugged from their own personal matrix.