‘..seek virtue and wisdom’- Socrates
Being inquisitive is one of the greatest skills that any individual can acquire. It is the basis of the development of Philosophy and without doubt, this subject is enlightenment for the world. Moreover, curiosity has also paved road for many outstanding innovations which include: Internet, Space Travel and even the evolution of money. However it is important to classify knowledge and corrupt knowledge.
The reason why I want to differentiate between these two is because it affects the course of your life. With personal experience, corrupt knowledge can lead you to fall into bad vices. There’s no clear distinction between what is corrupt and what is not. You can clearly cut out any error in a piece of information but you cannot really determine whether it will help you or destroy you.
I have been a curious child since birth, asking questions about everything and everyone till a point that everyone used to get tired of my questions. I did not know how knowledge could be ‘evil’. Well I would be wrong to say that because the word evil is itself ‘absolute’. I used to read articles and read books and gather information on everything that I was able to. For me, the data was a tunnel to being wiser and if it were for me I’d gather in all my mind could grasp. I was in a world of my own where sentences were my allies. Little did I understand that I was wronged in so many aspects.
I realized this when I came across Socrates and the early western Philosophy. The first book I read was the dialogues of Plato. It has all the information that made me realize the distinction between knowledge. What really intrigues me was “the acts of ‘knowing everything’ overshadows everything.”- Socrates. The quote is self-explanatory itself and forces one to think that everything you know is not worthy. At the end of the day, somethings are better left unsaid and un-thought of.