Knowledge is Power, Or Is it…?
‘Knowledge is Power’, went the saying. We heard it all the time. It was used to motivate people to study. Gain knowledge, know facts, learn principles, you’ll have access to power. You’ll be knowledgeable, powerful.
So we studied, swotted, searched for the knowledge, filled our brains, followed the rules, kept searching, kept acquiring the knowledge, but yet, but yet, there was something not showing.
What was it? We had the knowledge. Knew our stuff. Could quote, recite, throw stats at the best.
So, what was wrong?
There was a missing ingredient in the message, a caveat that no one mentioned. Knowledge can be an element of power, provided we can apply it. And even then, we need to do it with a will, with spirit, a bit of heart, a sense of purpose.
We need to have the kind of knowledge that allows us take action to achieve our goals. And the spirit.
That’s the intangible element of humanity that gives power to our knowledge. When we see that, we can then apply the knowledge to our lives.
Knowledge, like any asset, or quality, is only as good as the use to which it’s put. Otherwise it’s an inert, lifeless, unused part of potential.
So, while the ability to decline the verbs in Latin is a nice thing to have, it may not be the knowledge we need to pay the bills, fund a lifestyle, do the things we’d like to do. But it suggests that we do have the ability to learn, the wit to understand, the gift of comprehension, so now all we need to do is learn what’s of use, directly, in getting to the next phase in life.
And that can be, and is, at any time, at any age, in any circumstance.