Since learning is the basis of knowledge, education is the framework from which knowledge arises.
Accumulating information is like having a marble connection, what do you do with it once you have it? The byproducts of education – an awareness of different concepts, an appreciation for ideas, an understanding of divergent philosophies – are all powerful foundations for growth and change.
Intelligence contains within itself the ability to listen and reason, the knowledge to act within reason, and the power to create. With education comes wisdom, and from that wisdom come solutions that propel us forward, whether it’s constructing a building or nurturing an idea.
With knowledge comes responsibility
True knowledge is fearless, made strong by the absence of doubt, and fortified by pillars of information. Cultivating it simply requires an open mind and a desire to learn. Channeling knowledge into meaningful expression is always the challenge.
As William S. Burroughs, American writer and visual artist once said, “The purpose of education is knowledge, not of facts, but of values.”
Every physical structure, every scientific breakthrough, every philosophical advance, they all have one thing in common; they were brought into existence by educated opinions based on knowledge. The evolutionary path of civilization would have been radically different if experiments and new ideas had been based on “hypotheses” or “gut feelings” rather than analytical observation.
Scientific facts shape our future
A great example of education-based evolution is Darwin’s well-known Theory of Evolution. It is one of the most proven theories in the history of science. It is hard to imagine such an innovative and historic hypothesis being advanced without the benefit of informed analysis by experienced professionals.
At the beginning of his research, Darwin was much more an observer than a geneticist. He could document the pattern of evolution, but lacked the scientific training to understand and subsequently translate his observations. Without the corroborating knowledge supporting his theory, it would have been difficult to answer the inherent questions of “how” or “why” it happened.
Evidence gathered from various scientific disciplines, including paleontology, developmental biology, geology and genetics, allowed scientists to advance Darwin’s stream of “theoretical consciousness” into the mainstream discussion. Questions have been raised and explanations given. It’s easy to imagine that Darwin’s groundbreaking theory never becomes more than talk in the absence of fact-based science.
Where learning leads…wisdom follows
The dictionary defines “foundation” as the basis or foundation of anything. Education is defined as the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge (in combination with) developing the powers of reasoning and judgment. Together, they form the foundation of learning-based understanding… the way of wisdom.
Wisdom is the great enabler. With it, anything is possible. Without it, nothing is achievable. Wisdom created the pyramids and propelled us into space. He taught us to fly and return safely to Earth. Wisdom is the evolution of education and creator of our reality.
Just as a child learns and develops a foundation for life, so too does learning produce the knowledge needed to explore the foundation of the universe. Step by step and lesson by lesson, studying the various aspects of life in all its natural and man-made grandeur, he establishes a knowledge base impervious to doubt and distraction.
The infrastructure of human existence will forever depend on the strength and wisdom forged by our educational framework.