A wise man once said that knowledge was true opinion and another it was based on thought. In the Icelandic Dictionary, from 1963 says that knowledge is a skill, understanding, it to know, and secondly intelligence. While all of these definitions are in themselves good and valid, they are only other words for knowledge and shed no light on the actual knowledge. So the remaining question is, what knowledge actually is?
If we define knowledge, generally, it can be said that it is a collection of all that we have seen, heard, read and tried and stored in the memory of the brain. Knowledge is old memories.
Sometimes the knowledge is our own and sometimes others. It may be visual, auditory and experience alone and also it all at once.
We see the environment, people or other and make of it images in our minds, sometimes we hear others descriptions of what we see, which in turn has a formative effect on the image that we create. We have a variety of experiences stored in the memory. And we gather us information through magazines and books. All this knowledge we store then in our brain to trigger and use as needed.
Knowledge, in itself, is very variable. Through books we obtain various practical knowledge, such as how to build houses and bridges, behavior and cure diseases, etc. Specialists like as psychologists, sociologists and philosophers bring us knowledge about live, behavior, and people’s thoughts. All kinds of seers tell us about the appearance, behavior and settlement of elves and other creatures. Prejudices are also an example of knowledge where research is used to promote discrimination.
All this knowledge we share with our fellow men. We record it for others to use, in the form of teaching and scholarly books, by mapping elves areas and place information in magazines of different types, appearance and nature of extraterrestrial and statistical information about the results of various studies.
We will not stop there, in our contemporary, because, like our ancestors sent knowledge on to us, orally, in stories and poems, and writings, then we deliver it on to future generations. Legacy of old age to youth.
This is the general idea about knowledge, but then what about wisdom. All this wisdom we have gathered us about literally everything. Or have we not? Is it perhaps the same? What is wisdom?
Wisdom has, in the western tradition, been listed as one of four Cardinal virtues (Catholic), who would be a senior of the church, ecclesiastical chief and usually ordained bishop.
The first virtue is prudence, also called “wisdom,” and is the ability to judge between virtuous and vicious acts, not only from a general sense, but also with regard to appropriate actions at any place and moment.
The other three are justice, also called “fairness,” temperance, also called “restrain,” and courage; also called “fortitude.”
In short, wisdom is a disposition to find the truth coupled with an optimum judgment as to right actions.
So I guess it is not the same, but we mix the words together, and we use the word wisdom instead of knowledge, and vice versa, so it is not easy to define these two words and know what is what. But we can say that knowledge is what we have learned and stored in the brain and wisdom is what we are and how we treat it. Or should we say wisdom is to be righteous. Wisdom is at least not in words, but execution, true, honest and fair.
It is not easy to distinguish between knowledge and wisdom, so we will just have to decide it ourselves, individually.
We are often faced with the question whether and what we know and then we come to the conclusion that we know actually nothing, but yet it and are thus trapped in a kind of deadlock of knowing and not knowing.
That in itself is food for thought. But is it important? What difference does it make to know that we know nothing? Nothing. Right?
Is it not much more interesting to see what lies behind such a question? Why we want to know? What is it in us that constantly throws out questions? Looking for answers?
Fear, is it not? Fear of not knowing anything. And we fear it because it not knowing anything is the same as to be nothing.
We can say that there are two kinds of knowledge. It to know with the head and to know all throughout, with all our being.
When knowledge is in the head, then we hear, see and read something we can repeat, but that in itself has no deeper meaning in our lives. It is the me that knows.
The me is all that it identifies with. Knows. The me can never stand alone, outside and without all. It is created by ourselves and the reality of it is only an idea. It can only be the center of our existence. Me and everything humans can think of.
The knowledge is therefore unreal. Dead.
When we know all throughout, the knowledge is part of ourselves, we cannot repeat or even talk about, only live, and not only in our heads, but in the whole of our being, the knowledge is us. There is no me that knows. Only knowledge. The knowledge is real. Living power within us.
It to know nothing is the same as to be nothing, and we fear nothing more than to be invisible.
It is the me who knows. And if there is no knowledge, where is the me? Nowhere. Then the me is gone. And that we fear above all else.
Because it, being nothing, is death. The end of the me. End of all that belongs to it.
Therefore we hold firmly to the surface-knowledge, so living knowledge cannot approach us and raise our awareness.
When we know nothing we are nothing. That is a fact. And that means knowing nothing, honestly, straight from the heart. Really. All throughout. Not only on the surface.
It should be easy because everything we think we know is really just something that we feel and think. We know in fact nothing, but think all kinds of things.
Can we not feel the greatness of knowing and being nothing? Its power?
Do we not see that he who knows nothing has all options? As soon as we have only a fraction of knowledge then the possibilities are gone.
When the me is gone then stands the human naked behind. Life. Nothing else.
Life is all there is. It is not something that we know. We cannot know life. We can only live it. Be it and then it all. Complete.