Knowledge

“There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.”
- Alfred Korzybski

“In the practical use of our intellect, forgetting is as important as remembering.”
- William James

Today I want to explore knowledge. One of the things my Grandfather taught me was that knowledge was the only thing another man could not take away from me. Someone could even take my money, even my freedom but not my knowledge. I take that one step further and say no one can take away my faith.

Now my Grandpa used to give me a little rhyme that said, “Acquire knowledge and you will never be the slave of tyrants and oppressors or just the puppet of your passions.” It flows a little better in Spanish :) but I think the message it still there. It all goes back to knowledge, learning and just becoming more and more aware. But at the same time, the more you know the more you realize that you do not know much.

Take the first quote, to me it means that if we believe everything or doubt everything we will never use our brain. We will never come to our own conclusions. I believe God gave me the power or reason to use it, and I try to. I have faith because I understand. At the same time, I spent many years of my life doubting God thanks to religion. I am glad that now I know him the way I do.

Now the second quote is probably one of hardest things for me to do in life. In my quest for knowledge I have become awesome at remembering, but at the same time there is a lot of stuff that I should be able to just forget and leave behind. Useless knowledge, wrong teachings, bad experiences… but I am guilty of not being able to forget when I should. I am working on it though.

Now, my question to you is… as always what do those two quotes mean to you… do they really make you think about knowledge? Are you in a quest for knowledge in your life? Do you value knowledge above anything or everything for that matter?

2 Responses to Knowledge

  1. I believe in family above all else. I would be happier being less knowlegeable as long as I still had my family. That said I am as my friends call me “a wealth of useless information” that is to sayI may not know the most about many topics but when it comes to the littiler knowledges I am proficient to a T. That said I agree witht he first quote. As with anything, to only take things from one extreme or the other is never a good idea.

    As for the 2nd quote I am not sure I agree; yes we must let go of “Useless knowledge, wrong teachings, bad experiences” but if we forget them then against what do we measure everything else to know that it is good?

  2. Excellent point Michelle. I thought that too but didn’t make the comment.

    Maybe it just means to forget things that hold you back. Not lessons you’ve learned but the hurt and suffering that we sometimes hold onto which ultimately prevents us from giving a new situation a chance.

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