Thursday, March 8, 2012
Knowledge is Power
We live in a time when knowledge is at our fingertips. With the internet, we can find out the answer to just about any question we have. We have access to the writings and knowledge of the great minds that have lived. No longer do we need to find a library (though getting lost in stacks of books is still a beautiful thing) and search through numerous tomes to find exactly what we are looking for. Today, if you want a quote from Dostoevsky to make a point, all you need is a mouse and the right search terms. You can google anything and fall down the rabbit hole of your choosing. We live in a time when knowledge surrounds us and most people still don’t take the time to dive in and follow their curious mind.
As we get older, we let the curious part of our mind atrophy because we are too busy to indulge it’s whims. Curiosity keeps us young, keeps us interesting, keeps us pushing forward. This is a skill kids have and we have lost. We used to be very curious little people, wondering why things worked the way they do or wondering why the sky was blue or the grass green or an infinite amount of other things. We asked the questions because we really wanted to know the answers. Now, with the answers literally at our fingertips, we don’t ask the questions. Why is this? Are we afraid to know the reasons? Have we become fearful of asking questions? Are we just too lazy? Or, is it because we have gone so long without asking the questions that our curious side has become so quiet we no longer hear it?
Take one thing you would like to know and look it up. Learn about it. I guarantee this one thing will lead you to another and to another and the next thing you know, you are chasing thoughts and ideas all around. This is good for us. This helps us learn. This will bring us closer to finding who we are and what we are supposed to do. Knowledge is power and we now have the capability of amassing an amazing amount. What’s holding you back?