Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Knowledge and Freedom

A dominant paradigm most people share is that of correction. Correction is based on the premise that we are imperfect and don't know all there is. We, therefore, expect to be corrected. If you expect to be corrected, you have experiences about correction. Thus, you attract experiences where you are either doing the correcting or someone else is correcting you.

One day you realise that correction is a belief. You realise that you do know all; your nature is omniscience. You soon eavesdrop two boys arguing over the solution to 12 x 12. One boy says the answer is 144 while the other is adamant the answer is 114. You know the answer is 144. You find yourself in a dilemma. If you confirm one boy is right, you have corrected the other, and you're back in the reality of correction and not knowing. What do you do? Well, you've got to stick to what you know is true for you, that you are omniscience. Every body already knows; they are simply playing a game of not-knowing and needing correction. You decide not to get involved.

Surely, it is your responsibility to pass on what you know? What is the use of knowledge if it is not shared? This is a tricky one.

I believe knowledge is to be shared but one's intention determines whether someone is stuck in a reality of correction and needing correction, as opposed to being free. How do you share knowledge? If you are moved to give, you give without expectations. This means you don't care how the information is used. Second, you know that everybody already knows all, therefore, what you give is only another perspective, not meant to instruct. The Internet is an excellent medium where one can post ideas without expectations.

When you give out knowledge with expectations, you are of course coming from the premise that others don't know and it is your responsibility to teach them. You are expecting the ones "receiving" to have the right understanding and to apply that understanding in a way you believe it should be applied. When they don't you feel as if you haven't succeeded in your purpose. You spend time trying to correct others until you feel people have been enlightened. As for how long this could take? As we say in the UK, "How long is a piece of string?" Let's just say, we're talking lifetimes.

Knowledge is freedom when given without expectations, otherwise it is bondage for the one giving and the one receiving.

All is well.