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The Secret of Wisdom

What is this life all about? Who am I? Where have I come from? Where am I going? Why am I here? What’s my Life’s purpose? How can I make the most of my Life?... 

The Persian poet, sage and philosopher of love, Rumi, had this to say about wisdom: “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” It is the wise who understand that true knowledge is self-knowledge; that the meaning of life lies in understanding one’s own mind.  

One of the main goals of the GCGI has always been to seek wisdom, both ancient philosophy and modern thought, and to share these gems by making them  both accessible to all and relevant to the way we live today. 

To fulfill our mission, we have always done our utmost to bring the light of wisdom to everyday life. Read on to find out more.

Wisdom and Composing a New Life

Composing a New Life, it’s all about taking the broadest possible view of ideas, people, places, and things to make better choices for the long term. At the centre of it all is the notion of wisdom and taking action in the interest of the common good.

“Wisdom is the property of West and East together; it's the private garden of all humanity, a shared ocean of advancement for the sons and daughters of Adam. The profound knowledge leading to wisdom is a bowl which is uniting rather than segregating, a line drawn to encompass, not to dissect. A short glimpse across the flipped pages of history is enough to come across a handful of people who lived as lighthouses, illuminating the way to wisdom, despite using various languages and separate tools.”-Fethullah Simsek, The Fountain Magazine

The Wisdom Corner

Composing a New Life: In Praise of Wisdom

What is Happiness? What is the Good Life? Lessons from the ancient philosophers to help improve our lives today.

Continuing Our Journey Seeking Wisdom: A Must- Read Book


What a gem of a book! I began to read it the other day and could not put it down until I finished it on the same day. I must admit, I really enjoyed myself reading about things that many of us take for granted. After all, these are all common sense, but it is a pity that so many have lost touch with these values, principles and ways.

Thus, the  time is now to reconnect with some common sense!

Let’s get started: Buy The Joy of Small and Simple Things HERE


 Wisdom of Lao Tzu: The Path to Virtue, Happiness, and Harmony-Photo:Pinterest

A pick from our GCGI archive: Connecting with the voices of Common Sense and the Common Good

 In these troubled times let us be ordinary and enjoy the simple pleasures of life

The beauty of living simply: the forgotten wisdom of William Morris

 Simpler life and simpler times: A Journey in Life

Why a Simple Life Matters: The Path to peace and happiness lies in the simple things in life

What is Happiness? What is the Good Life? Lessons from the ancient philosophers to help improve our lives today

Christmas in the time of COVID: Let Love and Kindness be Your Everlasting Gifts

Celebrating the Extra Hour We are Gifted

This is How to Make the World Great Again: The Compassion Project

 The secret to happiness? Contentment!

Goodness gracious me, What is going on? What is this ‘Modern World’ doing to us all?

'Nature and Me': Unlocking a New Vision for a Better World

Why have some people been happier during Covid-19 pandemic? This is the Big Question

I am doing Nothing, how about you?

Time or Money: Which one is the path to a happier life?

What is Money? Is it Money Money Money, Must be funny?

In Praise of Frugality: Materialism is a Killer

Education to Make us Human: What’s Kindness, Love, Compassion, or Beauty Got to Do With Teaching and Education?

What if Universities Taught KINDNESS?

A timeless reflection on two types of teaching and learning