Jeremy Walker, in his book Passing Through, discusses the importance of knowing our enviornment. If we are pilgrims in this world, then we need to understand it. One of the things we need is wisdom, which begins with the fear of the Lord. Walker says that the fear of the Lord is, "the awareness of living before God that gives rise to a love of pleasing Him and a hatred and horror of offending Him."
Walker quotes Matthew Henry regarding the wisdom that we need, reflecting on the good conduct of a wise and good man:
"... he manages himself well. It is not the wisdom of the learned, which consists only in speculation, that is here recommended, but the wisdom of the prudent, which is practical, and is of use to direct our counsels and actions. Christian prudence consists in a right understanding of our way; for we are travellers, whose concern it is, not to spy wonders, but to get forward toward their journey's end. It is to understand our own way, not to be critics and busybodies in other men's matters, but to look well to ourselves and ponder the path of our feet, to understand the directions of our way, that we may observe them, the dangers of our way, that we may avoid them, the difficulties of our way, that we may break through them, and the advantages of our way, that we may improve them -- to understand the rules we are to walk by and the ends we are to walk towards, and walk accordingly.
I like that phrase "to ponder the path of our feet." Considering thoughtfully where we are going and what we are doing can only be helpful as we live as pilgriims.