Scientia est Potentia is probably one of my all-time favourites. Literally meaning Knowledge is Power. It is anything but without meaning as usually, the more you know, the better equipped you are with respect to many things. Having the hunger to know since the younger years can lead one to sometimes know the good things, but also sometimes the bad things. That’s all about being human..
Knowledge is Power. “With Great Power comes great Responsibility,” said Uncle Ben in Spiderman, or FDR, or whoever would be the old man who said this around the time of his death. The more one knows, the more one’s responsibility. We frequently see in movies how the bad guys try to steal the good guys’ knowledge to destroy the world (how the bad guys won’t destroy themselves along with the world is another question). The whole movie goes on about how the good guys try to protect their knowledge from falling in between the wrong hands; what a load of stress for the good guys; all because they knew something.
That does not mean one should remain ignorant; just that one should simply be responsible with what they know. Sometimes, for some people, knowing things can sometimes be cumbersome. Knowing what needs to be known can increase responsibility. From knowing the right things, shouldn’t right action ensue? The ‘duty’ to do the right thing would limit excuses for being lazy and complaining pointlessly, limit the possibilities of doing the bare minimum with the least possible effort, both of which tend to be considered by many as a ‘normal’, comfortable state of being. With knowledge, no more swimming in a sea of ignorance and basking on the beach of egotism.. With knowledge comes great responsibility indeed…
Sometimes knowing can be detrimental too. Like the saying, “Where ignorance is bliss, ’tis a folly to be wise.” Knowing much from whatever source, intended or unintentional, can lead to the unconscious expectation that others know or want to know too. It may make one think that one’s curiosity is shared is shared by everybody else, while it may not be the case. It happens that some people may be content with what they know, thinking they are perfectly fine the way they are, and may not want to know more for whatever reason. The beach of egotism doesn’t let one go easily.. What happens to the person in the know?
They can sometimes find themselves in a conundrum. Typically, the more one knows, the more they realise how little they know and may lack confidence, while those who know less might they think they know it all and may exude arrogance.
If they know, should they share what they know? Is the intended recipient ready to receive it? Is the knowledge even wanted to begin with? What if the one in the know did not know in the first place but only imagined knowing? Does knowing complicate things? Maybe ignorance could indeed be bliss? A fun time swimming in the sea of ignorance?
Knowledge is generally an advantage. Knowledge brings confidence, which brings security, which brings calmness, which fosters stability and so many more benefits.
Knowledge generally helps, but can sometimes ostracise. If only one person knows, others who don’t might not readily accept the one who does. The scary thing can be that in a modern world where dumbing down seems to be the trend, the knowledge-seeking “I wish I knew!” could soon become the stagnation-enforcing “I wish I didn’t know..”