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On Knowledge

This week, I'd like to dive a bit into concepts we may not always think deeply about. Knowledge, wisdom, and the difference between them. The dictionary tells us:

Knowledge is facts, information, and skills acquired by someone through experience or education. A theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.

More specifically, knowledge is...

knowing a tomato is a fruit.

knowing two hydrogen atoms bonded to one oxygen atom makes a molecule of water.

knowing Lincoln is the capital city of the state of Nebraska.

knowing the moon is 238,900 miles away from earth.

As the definition states, these are all practical facts that give a rudimental understanding of subjects. Whether it is agriculture, chemistry, geography, or astronomy. Often we use the term "smart" when someone is able to tell us facts we weren't aware of before. During trivia contests, we think the person with the most command of the obscure tidbits is the smartest or most knowledgeable person.

Someone who reads a great deal gains much knowledge. They experience facts and stories in greater number.

Knowledge forms a solid foundation for one's thought processes. You may want to think deeply about the implications of agriculture, though you won't get very far if you don't know the difference between a fruit and a vegetable.

Let's endeavor to continually build our knowledge in many subjects that interest us so we have a broad and solid intellectual foundation!

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