Unlimited knowledge, limited life

Your life has a limit, but knowledge has none. If you use what is limited to pursue what has no limit, you will be in danger.


Having had the chance to be schooled, taught the virtue and importance of academic success, it is easy to think that the pursuit of knowledge is in itself a good end. Learning of course is a virtue and part of the whole process of growth. But it is probably important to recognise that knowledge is unlimited; and in fact, even the pool of useful knowledge that we can access in our lifetime is infinite. And so all the more wisdom is so important, the ability to discern, to make decision when rules are unclear or not prescriptive.

Setting up for ourselves the ability to take on knowledge and see immediately how they apply rather than just take it at face value is such a valuable habit.