Saturday, January 19, 2008

Education - Action

The great aim of education is not knowledge but action. - Herbert Spencer

Knowledge is not power. Knowledge applied is power. Knowledge is what you know. Skill is what you can do. Action is the transformer what converts knowledge to skill. If we look at successful people, we will find most them are very action oriented. We can also see many successful people never give up. They are always trying to run. If the can't run, they try walking. If they can't walk, they try to crawl. Whatever they never give up. They are constantly trying. Action establishes a continuous feedback loop.They try something. It works or it does not work. Either way, we get feedback if what we are trying works or not. We can change accordingly. 'Karma Yoga' essentially teaches the same thing. Keep trying. If it does not work first time. OK. Gather yourself up and try it some other day. Do not give up. One danger with accumulation of more and more knowledge is lack of action as we start off with a diffidence thinking if something works on not. This does not mean that we should give up trying after acquiring knowledge. We should use knowledge to eliminate such actions which others have already proved do not work. Knowledge and action in imbalance result in waste of knowledge.


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