Little Knowledge Is A Dangerous Thing
Posted Date: |Updated: 06-Jan-2009 |Category: General|Author: Raj Malik|Member Level: Gold|Points: 10|
This short article explains about how little and incomplete knowledge can become a dangerous thing in our day to day life.
Knowledge is necessary for a person.
Knowledge is said to be food for our brain. A brain with knowledge is always active. Knowledge should be attained at any cost. But a little knowledge, though better than no knowledge, is always dangerous.
A person with little knowledge lives in a false world. A person with shallow attainments parades his knowledge. He thinks himself to be knowing all and he also develops the characteristics that nobody knows more than him. He treats others with little respect.
An empty vessel makes much noise.
He is not ready to listen to others but speaks about himself only . He tries to attain wonderful results from his little knowledge . But it is not possible, and he causes harm . For example a man with a little knowledge in medicine or surgery may kill his patients. He thinks he is perfect in his field and tries to handle cases he is incapable of handling .
This makes him even more dangerous for the poor patient . Another harm is economic. For example, suppose a person thinks that he is very good at business , and he can run any type of business . The results are contrary to it.
In a nutshell , the false belief of knowing everything brings about total ruin for him.
True knowledge is true power. It never drives a person. Though little knowledge is not dangerous in itself, yet the results it may bring, are really dangerous.
It is not shameful to be with little knowledge but pretending and acting likewise is highly dangerous to a great extent.
It is said that “a little learning is a dangerous thing”. It means that ‘superficial knowledge is worse than ignorance’. A person with little or no learning is very often seen to be vain, as he tries to show that he knows more than he does. He attempt is to pass for a scholar in polite society.
We should try to understand its true essence of the proverb. No knowledge, whether great or small, is bad. A man with little education is much better that an illiterate person. It is not the little knowledge but the pride (vanity or egoism) of learning that poses danger to a person.
If a person is humble enough to accept the fact that he knows little, then such learning is of much benefit for him and for the society. Such person who seek advice of learned people, are not dangerous people.
The importance of the proverb is highlighted as follows:
- Humility. This proverb reminds us to be humble about our learning.
- Encouragement. The proverb encourages us to keep on learning.
- Caution. Do we really know enough to take action?
- Perspective. Knowing just a few facts gives us a skewed perspective on the world.
- Explanation. The proverb helps to explain why some people do dangerous things: they have the illusion that they know more than they do.
It must be noted that a little learning is not harmful in itself, but if it seeks to pass off for great learning, it deceives and misleads the world. It is this pretension that turns a person with a little learning into a quack, who is always a danger to society.
Of course, learning, though very little, is better than no learning at all. Learning, whether great or little, is always a beneficial thing. The pride of learning, however, is a very dangerous thing.
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