knowledge is power (2)
this is the universität zürich, where i studied for long years ago. since january, i am going back there for regularly lectures every thursday. they are public, deal with different topics like history, language, philosophy, biology, culture. i'm doing this in a futile attempt to catch up on recent developments in science, which i have begun to miss during my long years of work in "business".
they always told us, in school, in books, in the class rooms that "knowledge is power". i've never seen any proof to that. on the contrary: most people that take the time to study, read and grind their heads into a problem, to my experience tend to be in the powerless positions of changing nothing in reality. they usually have good but nevertheless rather unimportant jobs, they do their contribution to society but seldom lead companies, are politicians, earn millions or reign whole armies of dependent individuals.
real power, as it looks to me, is always gravitating towards those ignorant of details, deeper analysis and different view points. maybe i am wrong, and a bigger part of me hopes i am, but what happens in the world every day seems to underline that knowledge, of whatever and how much ever, is rather an obstacle in gaining power.
but then what is the reason for those who love to read, study, find out about the this & that of anything they consider interesting? why do we want to "know"?