How Do You Know?

Alot of people take true knowledge for granted. We often mistake ideas and concepts we have learned and really identified with as true knowledge even though there is only circumstantial evidence. This type of knowledge requires an aspect of belief.

In reality, we know only through perceptual experience. All other knowledge is purely conceptual. True knowledge is experienced. It is experienced by you directly. It can also be experienced indirectly by people you observe. We can and do gain true knowledge by other people's findings and mistakes.

A teacher teaches not by simply presenting new information to a student. The teacher makes the student put this information to use; to test out the info to see if it works. The concept + application of the concept = knowledge of the concept.

Think about all that you know right now. How much of it is true knowledge? How much of it is purely theoretical or conceptual?

You will come to your own conclusions. I know for a fact that everything that you really know has been applied by you or someone you observed directly. All else can be chalked up as you believing and not really knowing.


Walt said...

Someone once said that it is better to live your life constantly making mistakes than to live it doing nothing at all.

C. Om said...

No question. At least by making mistakes, you learn what not to do. Thus you are still growing and moving forward. Doing nothing at all is hardly living and is surely not growing.