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Francis Bacon famously said, “Knowledge is power”. This may or may not be so.
But I think that the attainment of knowledge is a lot more complex than Bacon’s oft quoted sound bite and maybe it needs to be interrogated more fully. I recently read Carlos Castaneda’s, The Teachings of Don Juan – a Yaqui way of knowledge and becoming a ‘person of knowledge’ is no easy task according to the author.
In fact most people don’t succeed in gaining true knowledge because we don’t have any idea that when we follow the path of learning how hard it will be.
Not only intellectually, mentally, emotionally but in terms of what we may discover. We may prefer ignorance because the path to real knowledge is not an easy one.
According to Don Juan, there are four enemies to becoming a person of knowledge: Fear, Clarity, Power, Old Age