Who remembers the Encyclopedia?
Who remembers when the internet was not a reliable source for documenting the truth?
And, who remembers Galileo?
For that matter, who remembers books? LOL
I didn’t fall in love with reading until I went to college, but I didn’t consistently do it until a few years ago. I know everything, at least that’s how people treat me. However, in an effort not to drink my own Kool-Aid, I make a conscious decision not say anything unless I’m asked. But, if I can’t figure out how, I betcha I can figure out who. My momma taught me that. Consequently, letting everyone know that you are a know-it-all makes you an arrogant asshole. No one wants to be around an asshole, especially a Christian asshole. When I was 21, I fell in love with the Truth. I’ve since learned that it’s what you do with the information that makes the difference between full of yourself and someone who is dependable as a resource for quality life results. I believe there is a place where we must keep, feed and develop an appetite to learn. The moment we truly believe that we have arrived is the moment we begin to die. One thing that I’ve found is that the more I know, the more I find that I don’t know. As long as I’m alive, there is growth to be had.
There are 3 levels of information that must be examined within a person’s life if you are going to make a difference and/or accomplish your God-given purpose. To foster a love for learning and ensure that curiosity is a way of life, you must be intentional.
Let’s examine 3 levels of CURIOSITY.
Information is knowledge. Knowledge is an accumulation of facts. A love for knowledge begs the questions: What? Who? When? And How? Getting the data is the result of interrogation, searching, study, research, investigation, observation, experience or googling (if you will). But knowledge alone means nothing. It has been said that knowledge is power. If I’m not mistaken, the U.S. is one of the most educated and knowledgeable nations in the world.
However, the state of your nation is in the deepest of darkness that it has ever been in since the information age began. Knowledge alone has very limited value. For example, knowledge does not address ethical questions of life such as; Where do I come from? What’s the meaning of life? How and who defines right and wrong? Or, Is there life after death? Data only reveals that there are options.
Understanding builds upon knowledge. Understanding answers the question, “What does the information mean?” It’s about interpreting the meaning of the facts. Understanding the data determines how the information can be used. Without understanding, knowledge has limited use. However, a true understanding of knowledge helps to define the difference between good vs. evil, righteousness vs. wickedness, truth vs. lies and beauty vs. the hideous. When we fail to recognize these distinctions, we make horrible decisions and life altering choices. The Word of God says that understanding is extremely precious (Proverbs 4:7). However, possessing knowledge, and determining understanding does not complete the purpose of information.
Wisdom is the application of information. What should you do with what you understand? Wisdom is the ability to discern and judge which aspects of that knowledge are true, right, lasting, and applicable for your life. Wisdom helps to define the truth in order to decide how to apply it. It ingests the information to discern what life decisions should be made. Without wisdom, you are in for a pretty dismal life lived out of default instead of design. Wisdom has the tendency to show you where you don’t measure up. It can be brutal to your ego and your plan, but without it, you are a stupid fool.
There is only one more absolutely vital aspect of curiosity that must be discussed.
I love Truth. Even when it hurts. Call me a masochist. Cuz, oooh it hurts so good... It’s way too big of a subject to dive into in one blog entry except to say this: Truth is not a point on a page. It’s not solely a fact. It’s not information alone. Truth is a person – the person of Jesus Christ. I know that sounds like an abstract concept that is difficult to grasp because it floats somewhere unreachable in the heavenlies; but I want to make it very simple for you. In order to experience Truth the way it was intended, you must develop the ability to filter the facts and experiences of your life through the existence and accomplishments of Christ. This takes a lifetime of discipline. Keeping a curiosity of what this discipline means is the truest way to experience life the way it was intended to be lived. Otherwise you will find yourself among the stupid fools.
I’m Tifiny and iambutNaked...