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Is Knowledge a Curse?

"In an article titled “The Curse of Knowledge”, it’s noted that as a person learns more about a subject, it becomes increasingly more difficult to discuss that subject with someone who doesn’t posses that knowledge. It simply becomes harder and harder to empathise with them.

This means that the more educated and passionate you are about a subject, the harder you will find it to discuss or teach it to others.

This effect is one of the cited possibilities for why teaching is so difficult a career, since it means that eventually teachers will become more and more disillusioned with the endless wave of perceived stupidity they’re forced to endure."

All of the above is from the article I read online, not my words.
What do you think? Is knowledge a curse?


Closing Statement from W T

Knowledge........information obtained from experience or education.

A lot has been said in this debate/conversation about knowledge.

One may conclude that knowledge, in and of itself, is not a curse. Knowledge is essential in order to function in society, and in order to help others.

Knowledge though, is just the beginning.......there are other things worth seeking beyond knowledge...........

Among those other things worth seeking are............ understanding.......... discernment............and perhaps, if we are fortunate enough, we might obtain...........wisdom.

How we handle the knowledge we have is strictly up to us.

The world is filled with passionate individuals who hold a wealth of knowledge, and who also possess understanding of that knowledge. Wisely they seek to share their knowledge with others, whenever, and wherever they can.

The example of Nan Hauser which is discussed in this conversation is a fine example for all of us. There are many other examples worldwide.

May we all continue to see knowledge as a blessing and use it wisely to better ourselves and others.

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    Oct 20 2013: Knowledge is a curse when it is misused to harm or exploit others. Knowledge is blessing when it's used for good purpose.

    I think knowledge should not be sought obsessively just for accumulating it as much as possible. If so, it becomes just as money or power which has become the targets of the human greed from the dawn of the mankind history.

    On the other hand, knowledge also should not be avoided obsessively due to some fear of it.

    I think it's the best when the knowledge finds you rather than you find the knowledge. In other words, the best knowledge is when it comes to you spontaneously rather than by hard learning. The each individual's task is just to create the conditions inside and around him//her to absorb the coming knowledge.

    Sir Ken Robinson had said this very truly in his talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/he/sir_ken_robinson_bring_on_the_revolution.html

    The example you give in the headlines of teachers who find it difficult to teach -- it's precisely because they try to teach in atmosphere where the conditions of the individual students are not pre-prepared for absorbing the knowledge bombarded upon them. The system tries to teach by forcing the knowledge into the students rather than by letting them to spontaneously absorb it. It's not that there are necessarily easy solutions for this. It's only that it's important to observe the situation from the right perspective.
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      Oct 20 2013: A very balanced view of knowledge.

      There is something to your statement "the best knowledge is when it comes to you spontaneously".

      Your last paragraph identifies ono of the causes of disillusionment among teachers.
      Perhaps also, the reason for so many diverse types of schools that are popping up everywhere.
      The internet is allowing students with different learning styles to go in search of knowledge in diverse mediums.

      Thank you so much for your contribution.

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