The Wisdom Pyramid

We have access to too much information.

Wouldn’t you agree?

Not only that, but the rate at which all this information breaks onto the scene is overwhelming – to the point that trying to keep up has become an exercise in futility.

And trying to keep up has been shown, through research and our own experiences, to be detrimental to our emotional well-being.

So, we need a strategy for how we consume information and for what information we consume.

That’s where The Wisdom Pyramid by Brett McCracken proves to be a useful guide, especially for us Christians.

I would recommend reading the book, but what follows in this blog will give you the gist of it and will be enough to challenge you to reconsider the sources of information with which you spend the most time.

Your well-being and your walk with Christ depend on it.

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Here’s a description of the book’s thesis from the publisher…

We’re facing an information overload.

With the quick tap of a finger we can access an endless stream of addictive information—sports scores, breaking news, political opinions, streaming TV, the latest Instagram posts, and much more. Accessing information has never been easier—but acquiring wisdom is increasingly difficult.

In an effort to help us consume a more balanced, healthy diet of information, Brett McCracken has created the “Wisdom Pyramid.” Inspired by the food pyramid model, the Wisdom Pyramid challenges us to increase our intake of enduring, trustworthy sources (like the Bible) while moderating our consumption of less reliable sources (like the Internet and social media). At a time when so much of our daily media diet is toxic and making us spiritually sick, The Wisdom Pyramid suggests that we become healthy and wise when we reorient our lives around God—the foundation of truth and the eternal source of wisdom.

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Here’s the “wisdom pyramid” that’s presented in the book…

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Where do you get most of your information?

What sources of information are you accessing most often?

What adjustments can you make to ensure that you are grounding yourself in enduring sources of wisdom?

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