Knowledge can be a wonderful thing. It is a good thing knowing what day it is or what time it is. It is great knowing how to get around a city or what day you need to put the trash out. These are all good.
It is even better to know things that can secure you a better future… things that we learned in school, like math and reading and science. I remember all of the struggles I had with gaining knowledge in those days. And to be honest, I’m not sure it is any easier for me today. I read things, or hear them or see them and trying to interpret the meaning of it sometimes leave me more baffled than I was before my initial encounter with it. But still I am a seeker. I always wanted to “know” things.
But lately I’m not so sure about this. I am confused and torn by many of the things that I know these days. I know that things are not as good today as they were say 15 years ago. I know that there is a lot of violence and hatred in the world. I know that there is still way too much poverty. I know that many of my friends struggle every day. I know that I am not the person that I should be… So, just maybe it isn’t knowledge that I am seeking. Maybe it is actually understanding that I need.
I need to understand these things… what they are, why are they that way, are there things I can and should do to make them better. Just maybe if I can move from the knowledge to the understanding then I can truly move things forward in my life. See, I believe that knowledge is very much a “head” thing.. it is the numbers… the facts… the figures. Understanding is more the “heart” of things.. what does it all mean… to the world… to you… to me.
Yeah, I think that’s it.. this started out about a need for knowledge but I think I’m in need more of understanding… now…. Where exactly do I go to find that?