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Monday, August 10, 2009

Is a little knowledge dangerous?

Is a little knowledge dangerous?

Yes, a little knowledge is always dangerous not only to that person, but also to others. There is certainly a great deal of truth in this statement. We may also refer to another proverb “empty vessels make most noise”. Knowledge is desirable and should be attained by anyone at any cost; however, a little knowledge, which may be slightly better than no knowledge, can be dangerous.

It is normal to see people with little knowledge trying to make others believe that they are very knowledgeable. This often makes them proud and they tend to treat others with little respect as well as looking down upon others. Sometimes, some people might believe them and with this “little knowledge”, these people will try to lead others which will usually end in disappointment and disaster.

Those with little education and some of a particular age and sects of women are such examples. They will try to read on a variety of subjects and then try to impress others. In employment they will think themselves to be high and mighty. They always feel that work is below their dignity. The result is that they will be fired. These people will become dejected, disappointed and confused.

Some people may disagree that a little knowledge is not a dangerous thing. On the other hand, it can motivate them to further their efforts to gain more knowledge. This may be true in some cases. But psychological studies have revealed that this type of persons is very rare.

So it is always good to know something well. Gaining knowledge in a particular field will definitely make one a master in a subject. Let us not be jack of all trades and master of none. Let us at least be a master of some.

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