Knowledge is not power
- Derek Bok
We often are told that knowledge is power. Not really. Knowledge is information. It is potential power and it becomes power only when it is acted upon.What is the difference between a person who cannot read and a person who can, but does not read? As Ben Franklin said, "Not a whole lot."
Learning is a lot like eating. It is not how much you eat matters, what matters is how much you can digest. Knowledge is potential power; wisdom is real power. Education takes many forms; it is not just grades and a degree. It is:
- Cultivating your strength
- Learning self discipline
- Eagerness to learn
Intelligence is a quickness to learn. Skill is an ability. Competence is the ability alongwith the willingness and desire to apply what is learned. Desire is the attitude that makes a skillful person competent. Ability without the right attitude is wasted.
"The first duty of a university is to teach wisdom, not trade; character and technicalities."
- Winston Churchill