Beachcomber wrote:he best, first "source" of wisdom comes from within, and the motivation to seek and interpret
So... er, upbringing and other such external forces?
No man an island, and all that.
I know what you mean, and to that end I believe in a certain collective consciousness (and unconsciousness) amongst humans. And on top of that there are a lot of people who are blessed to exist near people who could be considered "wiser" than others. All of which has a definite influence on the human trait we call "wisdom".
But as I said, the eyes and the ears of the learner must be open. For all we know, Paris Hilton's father could be freakin' Gandalf the White and still have the same IQ of squirrel piss. It's true that a LOT of what makes us who we are comes from the DNA and environment we're born into, but these things lessen their grips on us as language and information takes hold.
And then there's the sizeable matter of the variations of what is considered wisdom from person to person. I'm sure there are plenty of people who would consider it wiser to spend an afternoon at cockfight than a museum.
I just think for the most part, wisdom isn't something that can be given to you, but a result of the lessons you learn from your actions and decisions.