Literature, Philosophy, Writings

Education and Knowledge


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In this series of blogs, I will be trying to make analogy of Water with Knowledge to understand quite a few concepts based on my observation. But before we go into the details, let me explain you the difference between Education and Knowledge first to make a ground for my forthcoming blogs on WATER. (www.dictionary.com)

EDUCATION:

  1. the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.
  2. the act or process of imparting or acquiring particular knowledge or skills, as for a profession.
  3. a degree, level, or kind of schooling:university education.
  4. the result produced by instruction, training, or study: to show one’s education.
  5. the science or art of teaching; pedagogy.

KNOWLEDGE:

  1. acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation; general erudition: knowledge of many things.
  2. familiarity or conversance, as with a particular subject or branch oflearnineg.: A knowledge of accounting was necessary for the job.
  3. acquaintance or familiarity gained by sight, experience, or report: a knowledge of human nature.
  4. the fact or state of knowing; the perception of fact or truth; clear and certain mental apprehension.
  5. awareness, as of a fact or circumstance: He had knowledge of her good fortune.
  6. something that is or may be known; information: He sought knowledge of her activities.
  7. the body of truths or facts accumulated in the course of time.

From the definition above, it is clear that there is difference between education and knowledge. Education is something, which is acquired by virtue of the process of formally going through school, college or university. Based on the education so acquired, if one makes use of his mind and tries to understand the hidden meaning behind any phenomenon, it turns into his knowledge. Now this knowledge is his and the depth of it is only known to him and him alone. However, he can share it with his friends and students and acquaintances, but it is not necessary that whosoever is listening to him is going to perceive the depth of the knowledge, as he has. I (can be you or anyone) on my part will process that knowledge, to make a meaning understood by me. The knowledge so acquired is going to be my knowledge and not his.

If we look into the premise so defined, it can be said that education is something for which we have to pay a price in monetary terms whereas knowledge is something which is available for free in nature by virtue of the gift of Observation, Feel, Touch, and Sense. Although, knowledge is freely available, still we have to pay the price to acquire it, but the price is not in monetary terms, it’s through making use of the Mind.

Now I can safely say that education costs you money whereas knowledge is free. My next blog will be titled ‘WATER’ and I will try to explain the analogy between Water and Knowledge.

Sajjad Hussain

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