KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
“Knowledge is power”:-so said Sir Francis Bacon, anEnglish author, courtier, &philosopher in hisMeditationes Sacrae which was written in1597. He certainly wouldknow. Actually he did not say it in those words. He said ‘scientia potentia est’ whichtranslates to the same thing in the end.A form of this proverb also appears in the Bible. Proverbs 24:5 says "A wise manhas great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength." So it is agreed. Theimportance of knowledge certainly has occupied the minds of the big and great since timeimmemorial. But, what does this translate to? It certainly should mean some thingmomentous if so many greats have said it is so many ways. It simply means that withknowledge or education one's potential or abilities in life will certainly increase. Havingand sharing knowledge is widely recognized as the basis for improving one's reputationand influence, thus power.This is some thing interesting. How, one might ask, can one be able to improveone’s life so much by just learning a few ordinary things with which one can survivewithout? However, things are just not like that. Knowledge of things can certainly helppeople in their lives. Examples can be seen all around us. Knowing things can givepeople a huge advantage above others and every small advantage can prove crucial to aperson in the cut throat competition that one faces in this world.This means a person has the resourcefulness to obtain and criticize useful andinformative information in order to become well informed citizens who can makeintelligent decisions based upon their understanding and awareness of everydaysituations. Does this make them powerful? Is a question that creeps into ones mind? Well,power is said to be the ability or capacity to act or perform effectively. Withoutknowledge, how can this ability to perform effectively, be possible?