Knowledge Is Not Enough
“Knowledge Is Not Enough” was written and recorded by guest contributor, Samuel Kronen.
We live in an age that relies heavily upon scientific and empirical forms of understanding. Knowledge is integral to our technologically laden culture. The world is managed and guided by information.
Though as developed as we’ve become in this regard, human suffering has by no means been mitigated. Half of the world lives in poverty, and there remains a tremendous amount of unnecessary bloodshed worldwide.
Knowledge is not enough, which is to say technological awareness cannot in itself elevate our collective state of being. In order to be successful in this endeavor we must go deeper than knowledge.
What Is Knowledge?
When we break it all down, knowledge is ultimately a product of thought.
All of our knowledge about the world is derived from thought, which is best identified as the voice in the head which is everlastingly concerned with the past and the future. Thought is our awareness of the past and the future, that which gives us the capacity to simulate and recognize potential circumstances, and it is this mechanism that elicits the expansion of technology.
So, knowledge is born of thought, and in that cannot possibly work to transcend the thinking mind, which is rather necessary if we are to engender greater welfare in the world. This is to say that technology and information cannot in themselves bring about a deeper quality of self-understanding, self-knowledge, and this quality is entirely imperative if we are to induce a better society.
Knowledge is superficial. This isn’t to say it is not useful, for surely we wouldn’t be here without it, but it is nonetheless superficial, cosmetic, without existential depth and acuity. Knowledge does not imply self-knowledge, and until we have self-knowledge we cannot proceed with confidence and effectiveness as a species.
The question then arises, how might we induce this sense of self-knowledge?
We attain this state through stepping outside the patterns of our thoughts. To no longer be guided primarily by our thoughts, navigated by the voice in the head, is to elicit this sense of self-understanding, this quality of inner wisdom that is necessary in the evolution of culture.
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We step outside of our mental pathologies through bringing the entirety of our attention to the immediacy of the present moment. When we are aligned with immediate experience, connected to the utter realness of the now, we cease to be driven purely by our thoughts, and herein lies the essence of self-knowledge.
Self-knowledge is then ultimately the transcendence of informational knowledge, which is to say the transcendence of the thinking mind. As long as we are confined to the thinking mind, the movement of thought, we will remain limited as human beings, we will never meet our greatest potential, and that is why the inducing of self-knowledge is so utterly important.
So, knowledge alone will not guide us toward higher states of perception. It must be accompanied by a deeper knowledge, a kind of ancient experiential wisdom, and this quality of knowledge is derived only from the immediacy of present moment experience.
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About the Author: Samuel Kronen is a young writer, spiritual entrepreneur, and warrior of the soul whose life work is comprised of the pursuing of higher consciousness and the propagating of love and compassion on a collective level. You can also reach him directly via at sjkronen @ gmail (dot) com. You can also check out his YouTube channel here.