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The Price of Wisdom While most people believe knowledge and wisdom to be interchangeable they are very different Knowledge is the understanding gained through experience or study while wisdom is the ability to use that information to suit ones purpose The more aware a person is the more wise they are able to become In Richard Wrights autobiography Black Boy he demonstrates the impact of acquiring wisdom in a world that is unwise As a small child his naivety gets him into a lot of trouble He burns his grandmothers house down when he is four and decides to run away Due to his naivety his first choice to hide is underneath that very house Many other events happen in his youth causing his knowledge and wisdom to grow through the years Richards wisdom began to develop through violence at a young age His immediate family save his brother beat him a lot One could argue that the beatings was justified as his family was trying to stunt his individuality and his personality to keep him from getting beat or killed by white folks later on in his life Richard vowed never to be beaten again after he was wrongfully punished by his Aunt Addie in front of her class I was sure of one thing I would not be beaten by her again I had often been painfully beaten but almost always I had felt that the beatings were somehow right and sensible that I was in the wrong Now for the first time I felt the equal of an adult I knew I had been beaten for a reason that was not right When he returned home that day his Aunt Addie attempted to beat him again His first act of defiance involved him grabbing a kitchen knife and threatening Addie Leave me alone or Ill cut you Through most of his childhood similar events occurred including an incident with his Uncle Tom
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