Thursday, December 07, 2006

Knowledge and Our Culture

Think concerning the importance we place on education in our culture. Think about the significance placed on having a proper understanding of issues. Think of all the self help books that have been written regarding how to think better and thus live better.

It was Sir Francis Bacon, best known for leading the scientific revolution over 380 years ago, who said: “Knowledge is power.”

Are you not convinced that something someone said almost 400 years ago has had an influence on our culture?? Recently, two more modern “philosophers” have said:

"...Critical awareness and the abilities to hypothesize, to interpret, and to communicate are essential elements of successful innovation in a conceptual-based economy." - Alan Greenspan

“The new wave of globalization coincides with the transformation of the world economy into a knowledge economy. Unlike the old industrial economy, with activities centered around the processing of resources, the knowledge economy processes technology and information.

This new economy places a premium on expanding our store of knowledge, through research, creativity and innovation. The impact of this is clear for everyone to see.” - Lee Suan Hiang, CEO of the National Arts Council and chairman of PBS Corporation

You don't have to read far into Tom Friedman's The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century to understand that knowledge has become the currency of globalization.

Knowledge is the currency of the world.

If knowledge is recognized in this world as power; then what do we do with the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge?

Do we believe Napoleon Hill, one of the earliest producers of what we now refer to as personal-success literature, who said, “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve?”

Or do we comprehend: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit?”

Or do we even understand that they sit at odds with each other?

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