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The 4 Enemies of Knowledge

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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

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The 4 Enemies of Knowledge

  1. 1. Volksrust Recorder - Column / Rubrieke10 Recorder 15 May 2015 Jesus gaan weer kom Joh. 14:3 En as Ek gegaan en vir julle plek berei het, kom Ek weer en sal julle na My toe neem, sodat julle ook kan wees waar Ek is. Die Here Jesus het met Sy hemelvaart belowe dat Hy weer gaan kom. Meer as tweeduisend jaar gelede is die belofte van die koms van die Heilige Gees reeds vervul! Hy het toe al gesê dat HY weer gaan kom. Op. 1:7 Kyk, Hy kom met die wolke, en elke oog sal Hom sien, ook hulle wat Hom deursteek het; Sag. 14:4 En in dié dag sal sy voete staan op die Olyfberg wat voor Jerusalem lê, aan die oostekant; en die Olyfberg sal middeldeur gesplyt word van oos na wes tot ‘n baie groot dal; en die een helfte van die berg sal wegwyk na die noorde en die ander helfte na die suide. Matt. 24:34-39 Voorwaar Ek sê vir julle, hierdie geslag sal sekerlik nie verbygaan voordat al hierdie dinge gebeur het nie. Die hemel en die aarde sal verbygaan, maar my woorde sal nooit verbygaan nie. Maar van dié dag en dié uur weet niemand nie, ook die engele van die hemele nie, maar net my Vader alleen. En net soos die dae van Noag was, so sal ook die koms van die Seun van die mens wees. Want net soos hulle was in die dae voor die sondvloed toe hulle geëet en gedrink het, getrou en in die huwelik uitgegee het, tot op die dag dat Noag in die ark gegaan het, en dit nie verstaan het voordat die sondvloed gekom en almal weggevoer het nie, so sal ook die koms van die Seun van die mens wees. Met die herdenking van die hemelvaart van die Here Jesus moet ons opnuut bewus word van Jesus se naderende wederkoms. Die chaos in die wêreld verkondig vir ons dat Sy koms dalk nader is as wat ons besef. Ja, niemand ken die tyd van die wederkoms nie al poog mense om dit te voorspel. Matt. 24:3 En toe Hy op die Olyfberg gaan sit het, kom die dissipels alleen na Hom en sê: Vertel ons, wanneer sal hierdie dinge wees, en wat is die teken van u koms en van die voleinding van die wêreld? En Jesus antwoord en sê vir hulle: Pas op dat niemand julle mislei nie. Want baie sal onder my Naam kom en sê: Ek is die Christus! en hulle sal baie mense mislei. En julle sal hoor van oorloë en gerugte van oorloë. Pas op, moenie verskrik word nie, want alles moet plaasvind, maar dit is nog nie die einde nie. Want die een nasie sal teen die ander opstaan en die een koninkryk teen die ander; en daar sal hongersnode wees en pessiektes en aardbewings op verskillende plekke. Lees gerus die res van Matt. 24 en u sal sien dat die gebeure in die wêreld is 'n voorloper van die wederkoms van Jesus. Die herdenking van Jesus se hemelvaart vra die vraag: Is u gereed vir Sy wederkoms? Is u geestelike lewe in orde? Groete in die Naam van Jesus Christus. Ds. Jan Keyser Change Your Story With Jacques de Villiers Thefourenemiesofknowledge For further information: Jacques de Villiers jacques@jacquesdevilliers.com 082 906 3693 Volksrust Seme Business Column Are you being passed over for promotion? Do you wonder why your colleagues are being given rewards, raises, and credit for work which you’ve also spent hours on? Do your managers give you positive feedback at every performance appraisal, and then seem to forget you exist again? If this is you, there could be just one reason for it. Simply put: you’re invisible. Here’s how to remedy this little problem: - Be seen and heard in your department, and organisation. By actively, positively demonstrating your enthusiasm for your role and dedication to the business, you’ll soon be making a name for yourself. - Every time you’re part of a successful project, tell people about it. Whether you mention it in a weekly meeting, blog about it on the company site or send an email to your boss, make sure the right people know that you’re involved in good work. - Volunteer to manage projects or head up task teams. Make yourself known as one who isn’t afraid of a challenge and is capable of leading. 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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. The first is fear! Some people run away from knowledge believing ignorance is bliss. Some people don’t want to find knowledge because it might challenge the very foundation of the beliefs they currently hold. And, as we know, it is easier to stick with the status quo, than to delve into the unkown. Also, the journey for knowledge is unpredictable. One never knows what learning will come across your path and which direction it will take you in. Knowledge can really mess with your plans and throw you off kilter. Knowledge can be a real ego buster too. Because the more you know, the more you know that you know almost nothing. And knowing that you know nothing is a humbling experience. The rule to overcoming fear is not to stop seeking knowledge. If you keep striving to become a person of knowledge, the fear will be defeated and you’ll have clarity. And, clarity is the second enemy! The clarity of mind that is so hard to obtain, dispels fear, but also blinds. “It forces the man never to doubt himself. It gives him the assurance he can do anything he pleases, for he sees clearly into everything. He is courageous because he is clear, and he stops at nothing because he is clear,” said Don Juan. The danger of clarity is that once you have it, you become certain. And, sometimes that certainty dulls the need to learn or yearn for any more knowledge. And, that’s when we stops and rest on our laurels, so to speak. And, when we think we know the answer and think that our answer is the right one, we become arrogant and ultimately ignorant. To know that our clarity is subjective and that our knowledge can be tested and found wanting, gives us power. Power, of course, is the third enemy! When we have knowledge we become powerful. Herein lies the danger … we command, we take calculated risks and make rules because we are the ‘master’. Often we lose ourselves and don’t know how to properly use this power. We can become arrogant and capricious. How do we defeat the third enemy? Don Juan said, “He has to defy it, deliberately. He has to come to realise the power he has seemingly conquered is in reality never his. He must keep himself in line at all times, handling carefully and faithfully what he has learned.” And, when we come to the end of our journey of learning, the fourth enemy sneaks up on us: Old age! This one we cannot defeat completely, but only fight away. I can’t say it better than Don Juan: “This is the time when a man has no more fears, no more impatient clarity of mind – a time when all his power is in check, but also the time when he has an unyielding desire to rest.” If we give in to that desire we lose the last round and the enemy will cut us down into feeble old creatures. I suppose it is only when we fight off the tiredness and live our fate through that we can be called a ‘person of knowledge’, albeit only briefly. But, I would rather be seeking knowledge with my dying breathe than live a life of ignorant bliss, wouldn’t you?

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