The famous quote “Knowledge is Power” was given by English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, essayist, and author, Sir Francis Bacon.
These three words behold the truth of any & every phenomenon occurring around us. Knowledge, in simple words is, the awareness, information or skill acquired by experience or education or any other source providing facts, theories, ideologies. This forms the foundation of our thought process and perception about the things observed, felt, tried/experienced. Knowledge is a powerful tool that can be used to solve the labyrinth of mysteries in this world. It can be used to comprehend something as trivial as a joke cracked by someone, to understanding all the complexities such as, methodologies used to achieve a six sigma at the factory or shop floor, the decisions to be taken in regards to the nuclear weapons trade, permissible percentage of FDI flows between the nations, selection of cabinet ministers, poverty alleviation, bringing back the nation from the grips of slowdown… and the list is endless!
Getting a grasp of diverse concepts, ideas, may add to the pool of knowledge that one might possess, but can it really qualify to become the person’s true power? The answer is No! This is because until and unless there is an appropriate implementation of knowledge into the required actions, the person will not be enlightened as to what does he/she really possess? Is it a treasure, that not only can help them to be enriched by the facts of life, but also lighten up other peoples’ lives by the shining jewels of wisdom or is it a mere illusion?
It is extremely important to believe in power of knowledge, as it liberates us, gives wings to our dreams, ideas and thoughts, thus helps in achieving the various goals set by us, such that the highest order need of self-actualization is reached in the least time possible, by crossing/fulfilling the basic needs of food, shelter and clothing, socializing, as fast as possible.
The first step towards doing so is by providing education to children. As it is rightly said “education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family”. Education is the stepping stone towards the bright future lying ahead of these young minds. Education can be imparted in school, at home, in a boarding school or could be self-taught. Irrespective of how it is obtained, it is a beautiful journey that acts as a friend, philosopher & guide of a child, whose behavior, personality, views are like soft clay which can be moulded in any shape. Thus, imparting the right knowledge in the form of education, helps in the overall development of a child i.e. physical as well as at the cognitive level. As the child grows and passes through the various phases of life i.e. teenager, adolescent, adult, keeps building and nurturing on the experiences, insights and hence the conclusions inferred & learnt so far.
It can be argued that power can come from the physical strength or the amount of money that a person has, but it is knowledge which acts as a precursor to these strengths. As it is knowledge which helps in deciding, what should be eaten for keeping the body & soul together, finding the ways & means of living and understanding the distinction between what is right & wrong, which makes human distinct from an animal.
For a marketer or a salesperson possession of product, industry, competitor’s product and general economy’s knowledge is the key to successfully selling their products as well as to create a long term relationship with his/her clients. The knowledge of law and order, fundamental rights & duties helps to restore order & peace in any society. Having the right knowledge assists a person in problem solving, be it be their business or their life, by getting acquainted with the Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities & Threats (SWOT). In adverse situations for example a soldier getting abandoned from his comrades/troop, gets stuck up in challenging scenario, uses the knowledge gained at the time of his training to find a solution to effectively& safely get out of that adversity. Hence knowledge is indispensable and is required to solve the jargons of life.
It is true that no invention can occur in isolation, the birth to an invention or a discovery is from the womb of knowledge itself. But as mentioned earlier only the righteous implementation of such a precious jewel i.e. knowledge, determines which path would be taken by the person, portrayed by the actions performed by him/her. When the acts are performed which leads to devastation, destruction of mankind, causing havoc, the knowledge which was the benefactor of mankind becomes its enemy. The past and present is full of wretched acts of humans who by the use of their knowledge brought chaos, confusion and disorder in the society. The world wars, killing of people in the name of religion, caste &/or creed, black marketing, corruption are only few out of many instances to state from.
On the other hand the possession of knowledge of music, art, literature brings the eternal feeling of being in an ecstatic state, which disseminates love, peaceful thoughts and a sense of spiritual fulfillment. Therefore it all depends on each of us, as to what we want to acquire, assimilate and internalize to add on to the treasure of knowledge, which would provide assistance in perceiving & conceiving the right kind of values, ideas and culture on the whole. Unwind the intertwined layers of the unknown secrets that would bring forth peace to the ailing hearts, to the stressed minds and result in giving freedom to the souls imprisoned by lust, hunger, anger, dissatisfaction, corruption. By using the power of knowledge break the shackles of ignorance, superstition& misbelief.
Value the power of knowledge and be valued by all.