“It’s better to be ignorant than to have knowledge and do nothing with it.”
~Allen R. Kive
Humans are on the ever present journey of gaining knowledge. It’s something we crave – something we feel we need. We want to know why, and how, and when… We are constantly learning new things and constantly seeking different means of learning more. We read books, talk to those more knowledgeable than us, watch videos, make observations – all in an attempt to learn more than we already know.
In one way, it’s something we’ve been trained to do. At a young age we are placed in school and for hours a day, we dedicate our time to nothing more than learning new things. First, we learn basic things; things that are essential to our functionality in our current culture. We learn how to read, how to write, how to do basic arithmetic, and then as we get older we start learning more advanced subjects. We learn history, science, economics, and foreign languages.
By the time we get to college, we begin to learn more specific and specialized subjects related to our field to interest. For the most part, everything we learn in our academic pursuits is learned for a purpose. What we learn in college, we will take and apply it to our lives. In many ways, what we learn will determine the success of both our career and personal life.
However, unless we put to practice what we learn, utilize it in some way or share it with someone else , it is absolutely useless. And not only that, but the time spent attaining that knowledge, is a complete waste as well.
Would you agree with me?
Now consider this. How much time do we spend searching for something new, something inspiring, and something that’s potentially life changing, and then once we find it, say…
And that’s it…
Stop and think for a moment the last non-fiction book, movie, or article you read or watched. What was it’s message – it’s purpose? Perhaps it was an informative book about how important it is to eat nutritiously and exercise daily. Or perhaps it was a documentary warning about some new legislation that’s trying to be passed in you’re state that could have very harmful side-effects. Or maybe, it was a blog post someone wrote explaining how to live a more stress-free and happy life.
What did you do after learning the new information presented to you. Did you start eating healthier and exercising (and a couple weeks doesn’t really count)? Or when recognizing the dangers of new legislation that was trying to be passed, did you do anything to stop it? Or when you finished reading the blog post, did you actually do what it recommended and change the way you lived your life?
I think it’s so easy to want to gain more knowledge and learn new things, but not actually apply what we learn.
You could put it this way…
You take the time to gain knowledge, but do you take the time to put it into practice?
Because if not, what makes you different than someone who also doesn’t do so, but simply out of ignorance?