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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

The Efficacy of knowledge

Just as many people will say, knowledge is power. What you know will determine what becomes of you.  
Knowledge is not education. Many people confuse this. You can be out of school and still learn a lot. That is why it is believed that the day you stop learning is the day you die. Though education is important but the knowledge education offers you is limited to some specific subject matter while it's now up to you to acquire knowledge, education is part of the learning process but not the most important. Learning occurs in almost every facet of life, from the movies we watch, to our peers or equal. A child learns a great deal from his/her Peers  and some even grow with what they learnt at childhood. We also learn from the music we listen to, the TV shows we watch, the football match we watch, I can say that it was through football I knew and heard about some countries like Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and many more as well as their capitals . We can also learn from our daily interactions with various people which is were the issue of networking comes in place. So knowledge Is at our disposal in the 21st century but it all depends on how we utilise it. 
An old Chinese adage which talked about knowledge says that; 
" he who knows and knows that he knows is a wise man follow him,
He who knows not and knows that he knows not is a child, teach him.
He who knows not and does not  knows that he knows not is a fool, ignore him" 
I have learnt one great lesson in life which is that I still have a lot to learn. Even the greatest Emeritus and Professor still learn daily to keep up with the changing pace of globalization  in the world. The day you stop learning, is the day you are left behind in history , you become extinct.  
Make it a habit to read something everyday whether it's an article, a book, a newspaper or magazine, anything worth reading for it is through the acquisition of knowledge that you gain ideas that can change the world. Even our religious books recognise the importance of learning, "study to show thyself approved". 
This generation according to Wole Soyinka is dead on arrival because we spend most of our time on things that don't add value to our knowledge acquisition quest. Our brain  is well equipped that it can take and acquire any information and store it up. Even Someone once  said that most human beings have not explored up to about 10% of their brains. Just imagine if all humans can  explore about 10% of their brains, perhaps the world would have been a much better place. Though it's impossible to know everything but it is also possible to know a lot. 
Therefore today, I urge us all to make use of our brains, our brain is hungry for knowledge, knowledge is the food of our brain, don't starve your brain to death, feed your brain with knowledge so it can be effective and function properly. 
Knowledge gives you  an edge over others because it makes others to listen to you, you earn respect from others.  
My Father always tells me that I should not allow everyday pass without me learning or gaining something. 
From today onwards, make it an habit to learn something everyday, just one thing is enough because the more you learn, the more knowledgeable you become.  

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