“To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.”
– Marilyn Vos Savant –
“It’s not about attaining the most knowledge. It’s about using the knowledge you have in the right way.”
– Author Unknown –
I remember when I was a wee lad there was a cool commercial on TV attempting to promote education and such. The message was: “Knowledge is Power!” At the time, I thought that it was a wonderful idea and of course, I think there’s something to be said for learning and knowing a lot of stuff.
But nowadays – things are different. We have an infinite amount of knowledge in the palm of our hands – all of us do. We have audio/e-books that can be downloaded in seconds and stored into our devices with massive-memory capabilities. A quick Google search on our computers can give us the answers to almost anything.
So it makes me wonder…
Has any of this technology given us more power? Has this extremely convenient and never-ending source of knowledge made us smarter in some way?
Sure, we can answer 99.99% of questions with a few clicks, but has this improved our lives and overall level of happiness?
Or have we become dependent on the technology?
Today, most cannot even function or survive without their phones, as if they were necessary to life itself. It’s strange, we are the only species on Earth that need cell phones and the internet. I have never seen a dog or an ostrich take a selfie while crossing the street in heavy traffic. Are we really the smarter ones here?
As far as I can tell, it has taken away our power. Making us slaves to knowledge, technology, and never-ending entertainment.
For example, I’m currently reading twenty-five different books. I’m so obsessed with learning that I sometimes study for more than twelve hours a day. I feel like a crack-addict. I can never get enough of it. I want to know everything. Whether it be from the past, present or future, of this world and every world. I want to speak in every tongue and read every book worth reading…
Then I realize, that I only have a limited amount of time and it’s impossible (and ludicrous) to know everything…
Are we actually improving as a species?
Before, people had to travel to the library to get books and do real work to attain knowledge. Now we have so much of it, that we don’t know which way to turn or which source to listen to.
For this reason, I’m going to take a knowledge fast. Just like yogis and religious peoples give up food for certain periods of time. Venturing off into the wilderness to cleanse themselves of all forms of stimulation. I’m going to sit still, lay down, look up, and stare into the sky. Without any WIFI.
I’m going to rest my mind, feeling happy and satisfied in the knowledge, that I’ll never understand everything. Clearing my head of all thoughts and worries. Meditation is a good thing, my friends. There’s not enough time in one life to learn it all, so I’m just going to chill-out and find my own inner-peace, while the uncountable mysteries of life exist all around me…