The Deception of Knowledge

As one of the better performing students in secondary school I was led to believe I knew more than others.  Yet my superior knowledge was limited only to those things taught in the class.

I was deceived into thinking that the content of the curriculum represented a significant body of information and that my superior mastery of that information put me ahead of others.

In the decades since, however, I remembered things mentioned to me by fellow students who were less academically adept.  They had ideas about things I had never heard of, and discounted because they were not in the textbooks.  Ideas about diet and health, for instance, were well understood by some of my friends.  I ignored their knowledge, because if such knowledge was truly important surely it would have been in the school curriculum.

Decades later, however, I came to appreciate the merit of things which my school friends clearly understood, but which I was ignorant of.

The Bible warns that knowledge puffs up, or makes us proud, 1Corinthians 8:1.  My academic abilities certainly fed my pride in those schooling years and I readily fell under the deception of knowledge.

The most informed of us still only knows a portion of what there is to know, 1Corinthians 13:9.  Knowledge itself is helpful, but not a measure of our true worth or superiority.

While I could master topics in the textbook, I was ignorant of many other, more important things.  My friends who could not keep pace with my academic capacities, yet held knowledge of greater value to their health, life and future than my textbook information proved to be.

Beware the deception of knowledge.

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