Here Lies KNOWLEDGE

“Did you know that 95% of bloggers who use quotes from famous people didn’t know the quotes they used until they found them on Google five minutes prior to their application? Did you also know that 98.953% of bloggers who provide statistics on their posts higher than 90% are lying through their teeth?”

―Dylan Alexander

“I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.”

 ―George Bernard Shaw

Knowledge: we all have it. Why shouldn’t we? Look at us. We read Bibles and Qurans. We go to college and listen to lecturers. We go to synagogues and Hindu temples. We take physics classes. We smoke opium in order to “unlock our minds.” We read Science Magazine and watch athiest/agnostic vlogs. We listen to podcasts discussing “interpretations” of old texts. We go on YouTube and watch this video. We study government and law. We go on YouTube and watch this other video. We mix chemicals and allow objects to pass through photogates. We pray. We go to the Moon. We dive to the bottom of the ocean. We confess our sins and give thanks to the Lord. We go on Reddit and debate the existence of the Lord. We hold protests in order to assert that what we know about everything is right, even if we doubt it. And then, sometimes, we hold them to assert the notion that everyone else is wrong, even when we feel we shouldn’t. We riot about knowledge. Sometimes we even start whole wars and slaughter entire civilizations because, damn it, our knowledge is better than your knowledge. We write essays and thesis papers about knowledge. We start cults in order to discover knowledge. We build monuments and towers and churches in honor of knowledge. We build laboratories and telescopes and space stations in order to fuel our quest for knowledge.

I don’t intend to spark a debate between science and religion. Both of those are forms of knowledge. Call them what you will individually, but per definition, they are both knowledge:

knowl·edge

noun /ˈnälij/  knowledges, plural

  • Facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject
    • – a thirst for knowledge
    • – her considerable knowledge of antiques
  • What is known in a particular field or in total; facts and information
    • – the transmission of knowledge
  • True, justified belief; certain understanding, as opposed to opinion
  • Awareness or familiarity gained by experience of a fact or situation
    • – the program had been developed without his knowledge
    • – he denied all knowledge of the overnight incidents

 The reason I’m writing this as a page and not as a post is because I’m not trying to make a point here. I’m establishing a theme. If I wanted to make a point, there would be a random piece of art up at the top and a lot more bad/mildly entertaining jokes. This theme I’ve set up for you is something I want you, the readers, to be constantly aware of (keep in mind I said “aware of” not “thinking of”) as you go through the blog. I’m not a provider of knowledge, merely one who ignites it. When you read my stuff, my hope is that you’ll think about things. From there, my next hope is that you start doing things. I don’t care what it is, as long as something happens, as long as a change occurs, preferably a positive one.

Give me some hope, yeah? Give me a reason to write.

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