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·生命绿洲隐逸之九门台
·生命绿洲隐逸之九门台(续)
·生命绿洲小家碧玉
·拥抱第二家园新生活
·秋实随笔
·这里有一个温馨家园
·天下最勤劳最能干的一群人/雪峰
·创造一个美丽神话——纪念生命禅院生命绿洲创建八周年/
·生命绿洲里的外国友人
【英文版文集】
·Live for Yourself, Never for Others/Xuefeng
·Out of the Egypt of the Spirit/Xuefeng
·The most selfish are those who live for others/Xuefeng
·Genetic Engineering: All the Devils are Coming Out of Caves/XueFeng
·Strategic Life XueFeng
·Life Needs a Track! XueFeng
·The Eight Meanings of the Way of the Greatest Creator(I) XueFeng
·The Eight Meanings of the Way of the Greatest Creator(II) XueFeng
·Life Unfolds from These Two Purposes Xuefeng
·Looking for Your Own Garden of Eden
·The Values and Meaning of Life
·The Values and Meanings of Life and LIFE
·How to Realize the Value of Life
·Infants Who Never Grow Up
·Navigating for Life and LIFE
·The Three Great Treasures of Life
·Priorities: The Order of Importance and The Emergence of Life
·Escape from Despair
·The Survival of Mankind is in Great Danger The Production and Life Mo
·Eight Criteria for Individual Freedom
·The Crisis of Being Eliminated Lurks in Passivity
·Gratitude: The First Element of LIFE’s Sublimation
·The Poor Can not Enter into Heaven
·Knowledge Is Not Power
·The Dialectical Relationship between Reality and Illusion
·The Trajectory and Free Will of Life
·Abandonment is also a kind of achievement
·Possess Nothing yet Have Everything
·The Only Purpose of Becoming a Chanyuan Celestial
·How to Know Our Previous Lives
·How to Predict Your Own Afterlife
·The Interpretation of Predestined Ties
·How to Know Our Previous Lives
·The Only Purpose of Becoming a Chanyuan Celestial
·The Only Purpose of Becoming a Chanyuan Celestial
·You are Invited to Join Lifechanyuan International Family
·You are Invited to Join Lifechanyuan International Family
【天启篇】
·《天启篇》前言
·难破难解的三十六道八卦阵--《天启篇》之一
·我奶奶到底是谁?我又是谁?--《天启篇》之二
·小变渐渐发,大变瞬间生--《天启篇》之三
·意识能听到上帝的声音--《天启篇》之四
·万物皆有声--《天启篇》之五
·贵者不轻显--《天启篇》之六
·静处无灾殃,闹处有祸患--《天启篇》之七
·静处无灾殃,闹处有祸患--《天启篇》之七
·从青霉素过敏到舍利子形成--《天启篇》之八
·知识与智慧--《天启篇》之九
·伊甸园是这样失落的--《天启篇》之十
·无爱、小爱、大爱--《天启篇》之十二
·快速达标 及时撤退--《天启篇》之十三
·随宇宙周期性演变而变化--《天启篇》之十四
·识别真假的功夫--《天启篇》之十五
·简单+纯朴=美--《天启篇》之十六
·人生需要一条跑道--《天启篇》十七
·垃圾的作用和价值--《天启篇》之十八
·小脑袋聪明大脑袋笨--《天启篇》之十九
·使生命不朽的小法则--《天启篇》之二十
·最后一趟航班--《天启篇》之二十一
·道、德、法、仁、义、礼、智、信、术--《天启篇》之二十二
·关闭一扇门,另几扇门会自动打开--《天启篇》之二十三
·最后一趟航班--《天启篇》之二十一
·道、德、法、仁、义、礼、智、信、术--《天启篇》之二十二
·关闭一扇门,另几扇门会自动打开--《天启篇》之二十三
·关闭一扇门,另几扇门会自动打开--《天启篇》之二十三
·邪恶的善良--《天启篇》之二十四
·善良的邪恶--《天启篇》之二十五
·时来运转--《天启篇》之二十六
·魔鬼的钓饵--《天启篇》之二十七
·生命是这样腐烂发臭的--《天启篇》之二十八
·人生的主次先后、轻重缓急--《天启篇》之二十九
·有眼无珠与买椟还珠--《天启篇》之三十
·千条江河归大海--《天启篇》之三十一
·草与奶--《天启篇》之三十二
·桃树只能结桃子--《天启篇》之三十四
·回应天启,走出迷途--《天启篇》之三十五
·寻找人生的最佳坐标系和坐标点--《天启篇》之三十六
·坏死部位无感觉--《天启篇》之三十七
·别人不信,我信--《天启篇》之三十八
·于无声处响惊雷--《天启篇》之三十九
·上帝对人类的审判随时随地进行--《天启篇》之四十
·"羌笛何须怨杨柳,春风不度玉门关。" --《天启篇》之四十一
·生命需要不断下载软件《天启篇》之四十二
·花香蝶自来,心净仙人至--《天启篇》之四十四
·走出苦难--《天启篇》之四十五
·走出苦难(二)--《天启篇》之四十六
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Knowledge Is Not Power

Knowledge Is Not Power

Xuefeng

March 16, 2013

(Translated by Treasure and Edited by Kaer)

   

   

   Knowledge is a combination of the experience and cognition accumulated by our social and productive practical activities. One can possess a wealth of knowledge, which means that they possess the “foundation” to gain power, but no matter how much knowledge they have, it does not mean that they will ever have power. It is like a library which has abundant knowledge but no power. From the point of storing knowledge, a person’s brain is only like a library.

   

   “Knowledge is power”, is from “Meditation”, written by the seventeenth century British philosopher, Francis Bacon. It teachers delight in using certain words to arouse students’ learning interest at school. As a result, students blindly believe that as long as they learn their lessons well which are set by schools, and as long as they grasp that knowledge, they will have the power to achieve their own pursuits and ideals after they graduate.

   

   Knowledge comes mainly from our sense organs. However, in the view of the Greek Philosopher Protagoras, “Human is the measure of everything”. This was refuted by Francis Bacon who wrote that “It is a great mistake to conclude that our limited sense organs measure all things”. In other words, it is wrong to judge and measure all things and all forms from the limited knowledge that our sense organs can provide.

   

   Consider a scenario in which a sexy young girl with a middle school diploma is standing next to a more mature, older lady with a Doctorate degree and both are in front of an interviewer. Which one is more likely to arouse the man’s rich imagination, alter his mood, and motivate his intense vitality? If it is the young girl, that is because knowledge is not true power since even beauty can have more power.

   

   It is reckless and dangerous to believe that “Knowledge is power”. Not only is it a cognitive misconception, but also a behavioral one. For example, to accept that “When a son is grown he takes a wife, and when a girl is mature she finds a husband” as a life knowledge is bound to bring anguish and suffering throughout their whole lives. This knowledge has lead people to make such common mistakes for thousands of years, but which accomplish no good.

   

   Some more are:

   

   

    “There are three forms of unfilial conduct but the worst is to have no descendants.”

   

    “Filial piety is the most important of all virtues.”

   

   

    “Lewdness is the worst of all sins.”

   

    “He who does not endure hardship cannot stand up to others.”

   

   

   Another example is how education and guidance are passed from parents to their children. Can a parent’s knowledge conduct and educate their children with both a full range of healthy spirits, minds, and bodies, as well as the ability to lead their own independent lives? Most fall very short.

   

   When great changes take place in objective knowledge but we stubbornly insist on applying our traditional knowledge, we will certainly be rebuffed. Look at various religious dogmas and concepts. As they feel a loss of power, they become reactionary, resist social development, and impede natural human liberation.

   

   In fact, prejudices and superstitions are knowledge.

   What are the benefits of such knowledge? None!

   

   Our most powerful intellectual force is the power of flexible and tactful thinking. I believe firmly that Albert Einstein’s power came not from his knowledge, but from his thinking; “How would I perceive the universe if I were riding on a beam of light?”.

   

   Those who read more and get more diplomas and more experience but form rigid ways of thinking have rarely been found to wield much power.

   

   Lasting power comes from neither knowledge nor from powerful economic strength and national defense forces, but from sincerity, kindness, virtue, love, faith, and honesty. Sincere deeds have power, kind behavior has power, things of virtue have power, love is a powerful force, honest quality has power, people who keep their words and their faith have power.

   

   Conclusion: knowledge must be learned and accumulated, but knowledge has limitation, danger, and can be reactionary. Never believe blindly that having knowledge is synonymous with having power. Rather than spending your precious time on chasing knowledge, you would be well advised to concentrate your efforts on sincerity, kindness, virtue, love, faith, and honesty, for those are the people who will enjoy lasting power. Meanwhile, take pains to develop your way of thinking by never spending time and effort reciting your former knowledge or stubbornly judging and adapting to a changing, living reality with dead, prejudicial knowledge.

(2017/10/28 发表)

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