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Friday, May 19, 2017

Knowledge


Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge lives."

-James Madison to W.T. Barry,
August 1822


“Nothing could be more irrational than to give the people power and to withhold from them information, without which power is abused. A people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both”
-James Madison

“Democracy can be an effective form of government only to the extent that the public (that rules in theory) is well-informed about national and international events and can think independently and critically about those events. If the vast majority of citizens do not recognize bias…if they cannot detect ideology, slant, and spin; if they cannot recognize propaganda…they cannot reasonably determine what messages have to be supplemented, counter balanced, or thrown out entirely. “
-       How to detect media bias and propaganda by Dr, Richard Paul and Dr. Linda Elder, Center for Critical Thinking (http://www.criticalthinking.org)

Do not believe short phases, e-mail slogans or even the ethos of those you look up to. It is best to always seek out opposing views, read opposing reports and ask yourself to keep an open mind on any issue that may impact yourself, your community, your nation or your world.
Too many decisions are made based on hear say or tightly held bias beliefs that may blind the citizen to the facts they need to uncover to make key decisions in any democracy.

Understand your own prejudice, bias and stereotypes, those of your audience and of whomever you are seeking for information. All sources have bias, regardless of how they may present themselves. The very process of selecting which information to show, say, write or present involves making decisions that involve bias, often unintended.

I encourage you to always seek out views that do not fit in with your own and give them a fair hearing. In the end your decision, your thoughts and your actions are still your own.
 

Photo from http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/jamesmadison 

First posted 11-16-2009

28 comments:

ejessicah said...

I completely agree. Knowledge is key to a successful nation. In order for citizens to have power within the government, they must have a knowledge of that said government. How can we be effective citizens if we have no understanding of those that oversee our country? Take voting for example we must have a knowledge of that which were voting for in order to make a difference.

amy ridings said...

I believe this is a common problem with today's society. People believe that to be open to other beliefs that they have to completely forget their own beliefs. Also it goes the other way too, they think that if they can't be open minded to others because their view is the only way.
It's not asking a lot to listen to what others have to say. We are still the same people even if we consider other options. It doesn't change who we are.

Reggie said...

I agree that knowledge helps you to have information to make decisions and that you should be involved in your choices with informed consent. Whether it is government or daily decisions knowledge and information help.

Lindsey Chapter said...

I might add to this: Never take things on someone else's authority. Do your homework! The biggest offense against one's own integrity is to accept something as fact simply because someone else says it's so. Do the research, find out the facts, eliminate all prejudice, and draw your own conclusions!

J Purkiss said...

What better example than the current need for reform in our public educational system? We are told to have an open mind and to study all sides of an argument, yet some facts are withheld or ignored. I.E.- Everyone is taught the THEORY of evolution, but it isn't allowed to teach intelligent design! Both THEORIES have hard evidence yet one is proclaimed to be educational. The same can be said to any degree of information in America, especially our news.

Anonymous said...

"Everyone is taught the THEORY of evolution, but it isn't allowed to teach intelligent design! Both THEORIES have hard evidence yet one is proclaimed to be educational."

I suggest you look up theory and what a theory is. Intelligent Design doe not meet the needed criteria for a theory. Also theories are not fact, but well supported explanations. Where is the support in proven research for what you call the intelligent design theory?

eloshou said...

Knowledge is important for all human beings.Without that,the world wouldn't be where it is actually.All people own his knowledge to accomplish their dream.Also,I can say that without knowledge,all countries and their societies will be in a total ignorance.Maybe some countries are always in this ignorance because of the fear to express ideas or the non-understanding ,but that is a question of time.It's important to use his knowledge to be his own master and have his own conviction.

Melissa Hernandez com101-115 said...

I agree with this statement. I do think that knowledge is what makes a person successful. Because that means that person will be makeing the right decision at all times no matter what the sitruation might be.

Anonymous said...

Who proclaimed make up stuff created after creationism was shown not to be legit, as "educational?" And how did it meet the standards of theory? Stick to what you can test and prove, not what you believe. Separation of church and state. Just because you believe it to be true does not make it a real theory or even close to realistic?

Ban creationism in any of its forms from science programs. They belong in mythology.

Anonymous said...

The more informed you are the better decisions you can make. Jeff Wilson com101 WH940

Nick D said...

I was raised to believe nothing that I hear, and only half of what I see. Therefore I am very skeptical and I do enjoy a good debate.

Leavittfamilyfun said...

As I was reading the BC Newspaper this morning, the Credit Union Column had an interesting quote in it. "Words of Wisdom: The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others" - Solomon Ibn Gabriol

Michael Jones said...

A few years ago, I made a personal decision to look at the other side of the story before I made any comments. I work in the fitness industry and it's incredibly easy to stereotype why someone is overweight. Once I started to look at from the another point of view. I found amazing answers such as, they may or maybe lazy however, their weight gain is attributed to other issues. These other issues are more times than not medically related. Since I took that into consideration I developed a fitness success assessment that has been very beneficial to my clients and staff.

Linda B said...

I found this to be extremely interesting. I must say I agree, seeking other views that do not fit with what you believe, and understanding them, just makes you a more knowledgable person. Just like they said on the blog, in the end your views remain your own.
Linda B Ndenga

Anonymous said...

Having knowledge and being well informed no matter of the situation leads to a good decision.

Chris Jackson

Miranda connell said...

All these points are obviously true. Doing your homework, having knowledge and not beliving things just because someone says it is a must. Especially when opposing someone with the know-how. These can be taken into everyday life and used frequently

Anonymous said...

For me, the key is seeking out the knowledge and making informed decisions about your opinions & feelings on topics. All forms of news media are biased and 'facts' are not always the truth. We are usually raised to take on the ideals and opinions of those closest to us. I love to 'agree that we disagree' because even if you stand firm in your values and convictions, you must listen & value the other persons perspective & see it from their point of view. Maura

Michael Dubia said...

It is so very important to listen to both sides of any story and try to have some understanding, though one may not like it. Its OK to disagree with somebody but the best thing you can do is at least try to hear them out.

Dane Gerace Com101-6002 said...

It's funny, people tend to do more research about their favorite bands than they do when they vote. I would love to see a political ad that gives you one reason to vote for the candidate instead of 100 reasons why not to vote for the other. I wish there were more people who researched their candidate and the issues at least a little bit before voting.

Anonymous said...

I feel that more people need to fully understand all sides of things before they make their decision on what to believe. Too many people only hear one side of things and never take the time to learn about something they may enjoy more.

Danielle Davis
Com4041

Anonymous said...

Too many people jump on the first band-wagon that comes along without ever looking for another side of it... thinking like this only allows you to view the world as though you were living in a bubble, rather than being a bubble who views the world by floating all around it!! Did that make sense? I think it sounded better in my head!

S.A.
HUM/114

Anonymous said...

I would agree the more you look at an opposing view the better educated you can be on that topic. The research you do will make you a better speaker about the particular topic and gain understanding on both sides.
Jasmine B
HUM/114

Anonymous said...

This reminds me of todays lecture, where you talked about politics and knowledge and how they affect each other. It seems like a lot of people in this country are misinformed or are being run by the media which is a scary thought. I often worry about where our government, and country as a whole, is going.

Rebecca Johnson 4049

shung lee said...

People in our society these days always want to hear or be acknowledged of only their side of the story. It's not about the well being of others but only of themselves. I think this is becoming a problem in us and among us.

Anonymous said...

I love the part when its say "Do not believe short phases, e-mail slogans or even the ethos of those you look up to. It is best to always seek out opposing views, read opposing reports and ask yourself to keep an open mind on any issue that may impact yourself, your community, your nation or your world.
Too many decisions are made based on hear say or tightly held bias beliefs that may blind the citizen to the facts they need to uncover to make key decisions in any democracy.

Understand your own prejudice, bias and stereotypes, those of your audience and of whomever you are seeking for information. All sources have bias, regardless of how they may present themselves. The very process of selecting which information to show, say, write or present involves making decisions that involve bias, often unintended.

I encourage you to always seek out views that do not fit in with your own and give them a fair hearing. In the end your decision, your thoughts and your actions are still your own." Make me little inspire and its true.

Anonymous said...

So is knowledge the key to a better life? I believe so if you want to understand life and all the options it has in store for you.Knowledge is power and I agree that knowledge should not be withheld by those who want to over power us.



Tayari Freeman
Hum/114

Anonymous said...

I agree having knowledgr will help you have a better understanding of life and all the gifts you can receive from knowledge.i also agree knowledge shoul not be withheld by those who want ver power individals.

Montoya@phoenix
HUM/114

Jake Von Goldberg said...

In a sense, knowledge can be a double bladed dagger especially when it comes to keeping a nation informed about domestic and foreign events. The example I will use is the US Government. If the Government held a meeting detailing Seal Team 6 operation to get Bin Laden prior to the execution of the mission would have detrimental effects.