May be the only quality where we hold supremacy over all other species on the earth is the Knowledge. If we time travel to the past, we can witness how knowledge has influenced our lives. We are here today because of it, with its unique pros and cons.
Many feel that Knowledge is powerful, yes it is. But every power can wear two masks, one that stands for constructive future and the other mask can push the future into destruction. What mask we choose to wear concerns a lot.
The knowledge invented everything from hair pin to satellites, an atom as well as a nuclear bomb, it is the same knowledge which makes me to share my thoughts sitting right here in a place which you hardly know on a map! Wait, yet the same knowledge’s avatar as technology can pinpoint my home using internet. What else does it not have?
Even we understood and still exploring the Gods via knowledge, this could be debated, but the truth prevails, because the simple ability to write, read and understand these crazy black lines called ‘texts’ aka languages need the help of possessing some knowledge. We could have ended up in dark jungles as prey or predators if we had failed to develop our knowledge, however, that too would have demanded some degree of knowledge.
What made it so powerful? The greatest truth is there within itself, that was when we got the idea to share the knowledge. The parents taught the kids to hunt, to hide and to survive. A family born, societies emerged, cultures nurtured, and we travelled all the way to this era, where still the knowledge holds its supremacy.
When we possess such a powerful thing, what makes us to suffer at times? The cause and effect theory will give us the answers. Knowledge has its own weak link that it can survive only if it is shared, else it abridges and perishes. We humans tried to experiment with the way it was transferred from one to another, thus paved way to quantify and add some value to knowledge.
This is the point where we created the system of money, boundary lines, trade, etc. When we share our knowledge with another human we tend to gain something in return. It need not to be another knowledge what we do not have, but any quantified value like money would do.
All happenings around the world is knowledge sharing, for instance a doctor curing a patient – we seek the doctor because he knew what we do not. The doctor charges money for that piece of knowledge shared. The same doctor buys his/her food which comes from a farmer, who transfers the knowledge of agriculture to many people who have no idea of how to successfully cultivate a crop.
This cycle of transactions goes round and round in various permutations and combinations. Businesses, Politics, Engineering, Teaching, and add whatever you wish to, everything will fall under this big parenthesis.
Can you now recollect the point of two masks? The destructive one is obviously understood by everyone, it is just a misuse of knowledge. If someone rages into war, to use the knowledge of weapons; do you think it is a fair act? If someone is doing a scam, to outsmart the others; to live a sophisticated life and puts them under poverty; would you justify them smart? If we humans want to survive and rest all other species on the earth; would you see it as a sensible thing?
You know the answers well. Because it is the same knowledge which rules you as well as the others. We own this power, it is limitless and undefinable in terms of some other tangible things. Even we will throw out the concept of money someday, when we realize it stands in no par with this power called “The Knowledge”.
But there is something beyond the knowledge, something on the pinnacle. The knowledge always tries to make us understand this and makes us travel towards this pinnacle. What is its secret? Where the knowledge takes us? What exactly the pinnacle has!
It is nothing but the Wisdom! Unless we make our efforts to meet this, all the knowledge we possess will end up just like the mask we hate to wear. The whole thing to look deep into the thought process of knowledge may look complicated, but it is very simple. Wisdom is the only destiny, Knowledge is the path, we reach nowhere if we forget our destiny. Many among us are forgetting it, hope we educate one another and use the knowledge wisely.
Knowledge is Great, however the knowledge of being Wise makes it “the Greatest”!