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Bon Om Touk and Hawaii Canoe Regatta
I believe in knowledge. But what is knowledge? I believe that knowledge is something one gains from fully understanding. I do not believe that knowledge can fully be acquired through books, but rather, it is achieved through experience and desire to grasp life. Knowledge is not measured in the amounts of books one has read, but instead by what one has learned from reading the book and can carry with him in life.
Knowledge has been valued by the Egyptians since the times of the pyramids. Many proverbs about knowledge and attaining knowledge have been discovered in both the inner and outer temples of the pyramids. Some of most direct proverbs include:
The way of knowledge is narrow.
Physical consciousness is indispensable for the achievement of knowledge.
Knowledge is not necessarily wisdom
The best and shortest road towards knowledge of truth [is] Nature
If you search for the
laws of harmony
, you will find
These proverbs clearly show that the Egyptians believed in knowledge and knew that was a quality that is not easily gained. I also believe that knowledge is not something that is easy to come by.
I have met knowledgeable people before, but still think that I have not attained knowledge myself. I think that this transition between high school and college will help me further my sense of knowledge and understanding. High school has taught me a lot, mainly facts and formulas, but now I am about to go out into the world and test my understanding, where I believe I will find my sense of knowledge. I think that the best way to grasp things in life is to go out and experience them because if you can do just that, you must already have some sort if intellect.
Confucius said, "
Those who are born with the possession of knowledge are the highest class of men. Those who learn, and so readily get possession of knowledge, are the next. Those who are dull and stupid, and yet compass the learning are another class next to these. As to those who are dull and stupid and yet do not learn--they are the lowest of the people
." This suggests that some are born with the possession of knowledge, while others will attain it, and some will not even try to attain it. In this sense I agree with Confucius. I do believe that some are born with the possession of knowledge, but very few. Most, I believe, recognize this quality and work to possess it in their lifetime. I also believe that those know fail to recognize the existence of knowledge will be deprived of true understanding and meaning to all things.
I believe that people who desire to be smart are different then those who desire to be knowledgeable. Smart does not involve any concept beyond taking tests, solving an equation, or getting good SAT scores. I don't believe one can be smart at life, but I do believe one can be knowledgeable. Tao Te Ching once wrote, “teaching without words and work without doing are understood by few”. From reading this line in a poem, I finally understood that knowledge is "teaching without words". It cannot be taught. It cannot be defined in a sentence. Knowledge is something that is self-inspired. I believe knowledge is the key to understanding the meaning of life. I believe in knowledge.
Another Quote that I enjoyed by Lao Tzu:
"Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge.
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