Knowledge

Many years ago when I was just a kid, I recall seeing a sign in some place of business that read, “Ve get too soon oldt, und too late schmart.”  Back then I thought the sign was funny.  Today I recognize its truth. 

Robert Ingersol identified an even greater truth when he said, “The more a man knows the more willing he is to learn–the less a man knows, the more positive he is that he knows everything.”

We are seeing this in action all over the world today among radical religionists whose credo is “I’m right, you’re wrong, and that’s all there is to it.”  Not only does such an attitude result in outright enmity and discord, it leads to the slaughter of innocent people who see things differently.  What is worse, however, is that such thinking spills over into politics, business, child rearing, and every aspect of the human condition. 

A common cliche today is that “age is just a number.”  That is only true for those who continue to learn and gather knowledge up to their last breath on earth.  Those whose minds are made up and will not be confused by facts are as old as their number which they may have reached very early in life.   

Knowledge is not a god unless it is stagnant and unwilling to learn anything different.  Real knowledge is the stuff of happiness.  It doesn’t hate (though it may be hated).  It is the understanding from the ages of 12 to 102 when lying down to sleep that “there is yet a lot to learn.”

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