What You’ve Been Told Is Wrong. Knowledge Isn’t Power
Here’s the keyword missing in that sentence.
Used knowledge is power.
Yes, that’s just it.
We’ve been told we need to learn, to develop our knowledge in order to have control over our life. But knowledge in itself isn’t what does that.
There is no point in reading a whole lot of books and articles, watching a whole lot of videos or taking many classes if you do not put anything into action.
We’ll get back to this point but let’s see something related now.
The goal is not to learn
It’s to understand.
All you learn comes from other people with their own experiences and set of beliefs.
You can try to copy them, but it all comes down to You.
Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of others. Instead, seek what they sought. — Matsuo Basho
Mimicking is not enough. You can’t express yourself fully just by that. After all, you are born to be yourself. Not someone else.
You need to learn a whole lot of skills and knowledge, turn those into a good understanding and make use of all of it combined.
Isn’t that the meaning of life?
We think we’re always looking for it but it’s just that. Why look further?
And as Joseph Campbell said:
People say what we are all seeking is a meaning for life, but I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think what we’re seeking is the experience of truly being alive.
The meaning of life is already understood and we just decided to ignore it. That way we can use that as an excuse to stall our progress, to take our time.
You might think the “experience of truly being alive” is another way to say “meaning of life”.
But you would be ignoring a few important nuances:
We don’t just live our life. We experience it.
Just like jumping from an airplane, going to a concert, taking the train or walking in the park, everything we do is an experience in itself.
Which means all of those leave an impact on our daily life and thoughts.
But how often do you think of the fact that you are alive?
I doubt it adds up to much.
“Life” and “to be alive”, just in their construction, are different.
One is a noun. The other is a verb. Which means it’s an action and it evolves with time instead of being stuck in it.
We need to realize life should not be something we look at. It’s something to live.
Truly being alive is to Use knowledge
I’ve watched tens of hours of videos of Pro players of Super Smash Bros Ultimate. I’ve seen patterns evolve, techniques to use and potential combos. Yet, not putting those to use does not serve me in any way.
Understanding something well enough to turn it into action and combine with your own experiences and skills will allow you to create something new, something more fulfilling for you and the people around you.
We were not born to copy others, we were born to learn from them and be ourselves, creating more in our path and contributing to helping others find their own experience of truly being alive.
So how about going out there and putting to use all you’ve learned in that wonderful life of yours?