Illusion of Knowledge  

rm_Simplysexy65 50F
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4/26/2006 3:47 pm

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Illusion of Knowledge

Illusion of Knowledge

The great obstacle to discovery is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.
Daniel J. Boorstein

I love this quote, it gets me thinking. Knowledge has always been a passion with me throughout my whole life. Well, on the other hand, my brain never shuts off and I wish I was not always thinking. There is something to be said about ignorance or not knowing!!! Knowledge is knowing and better is knowing where to find it! Knowledge and the mind can work in mysterious ways. The mind can take knowledge whether given by someone or found in and of itself, and the mind then uses that knowledge in ways that can cause an illusion. Or was it an illusion? Is the knowledge a fact and seen in only one way, or are there many ways to understand and view knowledge so that what may look like an illusion is actually the true answer. When one illusion vanishes, another will appear, causing me to move forward towards an horizon that retreats as I advance. Have you ever met a person that can talk brilliantly enough about a subject that they create the illusion that they have mastered it. This person may invest a huge amount of intelligence into your ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. We can then only wish for a pleasant illusion rather then the harsh reality. According to Sigmund Freud, "IIlusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces." However, it can get more difficult the more you know. Because the more you find out the worse everything seems. To know and understand one's self is wisdom, but to know and understand a Man is genius. I have come to realize that the more quiet I become, the more I can hear and that those who know nothing must believe everything. According to Margaret Fuller, "If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it." It is not what we know, but perhaps what we do not know that becomes important. Daniel Webster says it best in that "Knowledge, in truth, is the great sun in the firmament. Life and power are scattered with all its beams." Lack of true knowledge is the source of all pains and sorrows. But it is in imagination that we find freedom from being held captive to this knowledge. Knowledge is finite, while imagination is infinite and circles the world. I try and be an artist drawing freely upon my imagination in times of confusion........ for it is far better then ignorance. Imagination can lead to insight.......what compulsions drive human beingsto do what they do and say what they say, what instincts dominate and cause their actions. If you can discover these things about people, you can understand and touch them to the core of their existance...... Have you ever been in a relationship where over time you are learning about each other and hand fed small details about the other person. This knowledge is stored for later retrievel. We can never be given knowledge by others; we can only be stimulated with it. We must stimulate our minds and develop our own knowledge. An important point to make is that these days people look for knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is the past, wisdom is the future.
Knowledge I pass on to you today:
Recent reports state that laughing in your sleep is the #1 cause of death in the United States. So please, don't let your friends die with a smile on their faces...

snakee2 52M

4/26/2006 4:03 pm

Rather insightful this discertation revolving around knowledge. You are quite correct in the assessment that imagination is infinite just as knowledge is finite. You touched upon wisdom, and I thought to myself as I read about the parameters of knowledge and imagination that wisdom is infinite in my mind.

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