“To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge” (Henry David Thoreau)
“A picture is worth a thousand words“; the impression that the intricacies of one’s thoughts could be expressed through a single still image. There is profound knowledge all around us; knowledge just waiting to be discovered by the curious and the inquisitive. “…seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7). There are promises prepared for those who have a sincere desire to find the true treasures (even hidden treasures). “…And [they] shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures” (D&C 89:19).
Given the promises made to those who diligently seek knowledge, why then, do so few seek it? Perhaps there is a misunderstanding of what knowledge is? Maybe one imagines one’s self as undeserving or incapable of attaining knowledge? Certainly, there are some who believe that knowledge is availed only to those, whose circumstances afford them with the financial means for academic pursuits?
To answer the question of what knowledge is, in short; knowledge is power, and with knowledge, all things are possible. Power comes as one realizes that he/she is an agent unto themselves; in control of their own destinies. When one has doubts as to his/her ability to attain knowledge, or believes themselves to be unworthy of temporal or spiritual growth, one relinquishes their agency, and thereby loses their power.
Lastly, to believe that (a) education, (b) learning, (c) schooling, (d) coaching, and (e) training are knowledge, is a misnomer. These abc’s are not knowledge, but rather a means by which knowledge “can be” (though non-exclusively) attained. Advancement through the various levels of abc’s listed above will generally come at a cost; but know this, Knowledge is FREE!! Knowledge is, by definition, a familiarity with someone or something, which can include facts, information, descriptions, or skills acquired through experience (practical understanding) as well as through the abc’s (theoretical understanding).
As previously stated, knowledge is obtained through familiarity. Therefore become familiar with someone. Become familiar with the knowledge gaining process; “…seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith” (D&C 88:118). Knowledge is gained by opening our mouths to inquire, opening our eyes to new experiences, and then closing our mouths so our ears can hear the knowledge being imparted unto us.
Please let me know your thoughts on knowledge.
2 thoughts on “Knowledge is…”
The older I get the more this rings true!
I believe that young or aged, when the desire of one’s heart is to gain an understanding of a principle, a deeper search is conducted in order to solidify, or strengthen one’s testimony as to the validity of that which we are pondering. Thanks for commenting.