The Burden of Knowledge

@SaintAnne (5453)
United States
November 21, 2008 9:56am CST
Do you believe in it? And what is it to you?
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@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
22 Nov 08
A wonderful discussion! No , Sisi, I do not believe in it. Knowledge can never be a burden. It could be a burden to others on perceiving how knowledge another person is but never to the person himself. In fact knowledge liberates a man and makes him much poised, unbound and free. A truly knowledgeable person is actually an uninhibited man and that gives him much liberty and freedom, in the true sense.
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@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
22 Nov 08
If I may come in again, little knowledge about any thing could be dangerous and could be a burden thus. Like if and when you know that chest pains could be a symptom of cardiac problems you start to worry. But if the knowledge would have been complete (Chest pains could be symptoms of so many things, even minor gastric trouble...), he could do without the burden. Hope that makes sense.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
24 Nov 08
Makes a whole lot of sense, mimpi. You always do. But what about knowing something that you'd rather not have known?
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
25 Nov 08
Certainly that would be a burden. But still i would want to be there. Life would be difficult after that but then there are so many things that add to it, why not knowing something and facing it. Ignorance is not a bliss for me.
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
22 Nov 08
I would say that knowledge becomes a burden when it hinders your actions. What i would mean is that knowing something that you cannot reveal to someone else, or knowing something that affects you negatively. Having not known about these would have kept the balance. An example here would be knwoing about a teminal illness of a loved one or knowing that i would have only a couple of years to live. Here knowledge becomes a burden.
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• United States
22 Nov 08
That is a very good answer alok! I don't think I would have ever thought of it like that.
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
22 Nov 08
I could only think about knowledge being undesirable in that sense. Any other form of knowledge in the general sense is always easily processed and stored easily by the brain without evoking too much of any negative emotions.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
23 Nov 08
I do believe this is one aspect of knowledge becoming a burden. I mean two... not being able to reveal it to someone else or if it affects you negatively. Sometimes, there are truths out there that we, as humans, would rather not have opened Pandora's box.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
22 Nov 08
Many people will state that knowledge is power so therefore the more knowledge we have then the more powerful we will become. To some extent I can agree with this philosophy but having knowledge can definitely become a burden if the knowledge we have can negatively impact us in any way. Knowing and having to keep a secret that could hurt someone you love is one such example. Situations like this can put us in a position where this knowledge would eat away at us to the point of being a tremendous pyschological burden.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
24 Nov 08
Amen, James, amen!
@moneymaya (901)
• India
23 Nov 08
knowledge is just systematice collection of information , and I think its only help you to understand the physical world , but if you tried to find out or resolve you inner problems through your knowledge then it becomes a burdon , like in india where a categories known as PANDIT here they think only they have the power to gain knowledge and these power provided by GOD him self to them and when ask where is god said these they they give us reference of there Books knowns as VEDAS here and this way they dominated all other categories people of the society and people who are illitrate are still believes that they are right since VEDAS says that now this Knowledge again become burdon here and in reality saying due to this reason india become slaved by other country , would you believe on that ... :-)
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
24 Nov 08
I think everyone has the right and access to knowledge. I don't think it needs to be trickled down from one higher up to another. Maybe if they are experts on such area, then I guess they can. Thanks, moneymaya.
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• India
25 Nov 08
friend perhaps you did not get what actually I said , but no problem , I tried my level and you got your level , and I know that every person has the right to get the knowledege but using knowledge dominate to others I think not right , your power and every thing for what you known in society is good utill and unless you are not miss using this. Thanks ...
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
25 Nov 08
Oh, I got what you said, moneymaya... and I did agree with you by saying that everyone has the right to access knowledge. And that no person should be able to withhold that from others. Especially if they use such "power" over them. But I guess your level is much better than mine... Thanks for commenting back.
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• United States
22 Nov 08
Whaddya mean 'the burden of knowledge'???
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
23 Nov 08
I thought I was the one asking questions here. You know, knowledge being loads too heavy to carry. I see that down below you got it already. Ziggy, I can't wait to get off work today and have a nice, relaxing evening!
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• United States
23 Nov 08
Hahaha, what? I'm not allowed to question the questioner?? So what do you know that you wish you didn't know? When my daughter was about 5 I felt really burdened by the knowledge that there was no Santa and felt pretty awful lying to her about it. So I confessed. She was heartbroken! Seeing her so unhappy felt worse than the lying! So I asked her if she would rather just pretend about Santa. Man, the tears dried up immediately and she nodded her head vigorously in agreement. To this day she does not remember that incident... that demonstrates perfectly that you can believe what you want to believe in spite of evidence to the contrary! And be happier for it besides!
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
24 Nov 08
Such a cute story. Although I'm happy to not have anything to do with Santa. I guess I have some things I know that I need to share but this discussion just came to mind one day. I've heard so many people say that knowledge is power but rarely hear others say that such is a burden.
@raven66 (335)
• Canada
27 Nov 08
I believe its a burden when I findout how "THEY" (the controlers) are always figuring out how to take our money!! upsets me quite a bit!..
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
27 Nov 08
Who are these controllers, raven66?
@Daffodil20 (1754)
• India
25 Nov 08
Yes SaintAnne I believe in it. Knowledge is burdensome too. But an essential one. Just cannot do without it. But how I wish To be ignorant and innocent just like four year old. There is so much meaning and truth in this popular phrase: IGNORANCE IS BLISS
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
25 Nov 08
Hah! I've never thought of that phrase to add to this one... but it is very appropriate. Thanks Daffodil. There are things that I would rather not know than stress out about it.
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@narayan2006 (2955)
• India
21 Nov 08
In to-day's age of information explosion,we are lost in huge piles of informations.There is no harm to have access to such continuous flow of information,but one needs to be selective,prudent and efficient in analyzing those information to gain some useful knowledge. Knowledge of any subject or object is not a burden,rather knowledge gives power and position to think and live in a positive way.More knowledge means more power. Thanks.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
23 Nov 08
Thanks, narayan. I was just wondering what other people think of such a thought. I've heard "knowledge is power" said many times but I seldom hear "the burden of knowledge". Take care and keep using that knowledge in a positive way!
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