Monday, January 16, 2012

Knowledge is Power, or Have We Forgotten?

Dealing with the histories of so many ghosts whose only choice in liberty was between living under tyranny or being killed by the tyrant, I am mindful of how precious liberty is. If you don’t use it, you lose it. But if you don’t know you have it, you won’t think to use it.
"Knowledge itself is power." -- Francis Bacon

Knowledge is power. When this phrase was coined, the concept meant that, in order to navigate through the realities of the world, you had to understand them first. The more you knew, the more you understood, and the farther you would go. Modern society has lost this key interpretation.

Knowledge as power does not mean better knowing an App. It is inclusive knowledge of the whole world: history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, politics, morality, religion, science, art and music. It is not good enough to know where to find answers -- without the curiosity to ask questions or the foundation of knowledge to drive that curiosity.

Knowledge as power belongs to the individual: equally to a postman as to a university dean or a king. Do not surrender your knowledge or your equality. Your liberty will follow, and with it your sense of individuality.

I leave you with this final quote:

"Knowledge is good. It does not have to look good or sound good or even do good. It is good by just being knowledge. And the only thing that makes it knowledge bis that it is true. You can't have too much of it and there is no little too little to be worth having." -- Tom Stoppard

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