Knowledge is the exclusive preserve of the learned and the wise. It is thus used effectively by people to acquire power for themselves or for helping others stay in power. This is so, for with knowledge comes wisdom, which is domain of only a few as it is said
“Knowledge comes but wisdom lingers”.
Knowledge not only makes one wise but it also makes us more articulate, humane and modest. People with knowledge are thus able to attract a large number of followers as they are able to express their viewpoint very convincingly and dynamically. They have the knack of sensing people’s nerves and use their oratorical skills to arouse and elicit the desired response from audience. Politicians and leaders of today fall into this category, who owe their power to this art of knowledge.
There are people with a literary or religious bend of mind; their knowledge makes them more modest and humane. They are looked upon by people as they are able to rise above the ordinary, being the enlightened class; they are the saints, sages and learned men around whom the society revolves. With knowledge comes respect and consequently power follows it. We find such people occupying positions and power in the bureaucracy or in the government as they are looked upon as advisers in solving tricky issues.
“IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO LEARN, NO ONE CAN HELP YOU; IF YOU ARE DETERMINED TO LEARN, NO ONE CAN STOP YOU.”
This has been happening since time immemorial for Rajas and Maharajas wielded their power on their subjects with the help of a group of ministers, courtiers, raj- gurus and Purohits who were recognised stalwarts in their respective fields. It was all done on the strength of their knowledge.
The emergence of Information Technology in the present decade thrives on ideas and knowledge. People who possess exclusive knowledge and technologies are becoming more resourceful and powerful like we have legendary Bill Gates, Sundar Pichai, Mark Zuckerberg to name a few, clamouring the world’s attention.
It is therefore said that knowledge is power. It comes from education and extensive reading which helps to make decision for it is said
“Read not to contradict and confute nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider”.
It is this aspect of weighing and considering that sets apart a man of knowledge. So to acquire knowledge, educate yourself.