Knowledge is power- Francis Bacon
We all must have heard this quote somewhere or the other, I am sure. And many of us would agree to it. Knowledge really is power, it gives us command over ourselves thereby giving us command over our lives. But this is not what I have been trying to understand-whether knowledge really is power or not. What I have been wondering for quite some time is if what Thomas Gray said years back is also true?
“And happiness too swiftly flies.
Thought would destroy their paradise.
No more; where ignorance is bliss,
‘Tis folly to be wise.”
– From the Ode on a distant prospect of Eton College
So…can knowledge be a source of one’s unhappiness for ‘Thought’, that is Wisdom, destroys ‘paradise’ which may be interpreted as joy itself? Can the fountain of knowledge, which gives one commands over one’s Self, then inhibit one’s experience of joy? If so, then what IS joy really? Being unaware? How can the wise NOT be happy? Is knowing too much really folly?