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Aug
18

The Whereabouts of Knowledge

Ποτέ ξανά δεν υπήρχε τόση γνώση διαθέσιμη και τόσοι ανήξεροι άνθρωποι.

When people were discussing in classical Athens, philosophers and non-philosophers alike, there was something no one could see it coming. When reading the lengthy platonic dialogues, today, one can only see their impossibility: from the very first question the reply would now be something along the lines of “c’mon now dude, are you serious? Definitions and shit?”

People don’t discuss. People don’t discuss, don’t read, don’t remember shit. Notwithstanding the quantity and the quality of the knowledge nowadays – quality you can easily find in e.g. the huge amount of MOOC’s offered for free – people remain painfully ignorant. And not only that: they also never acquire any noteworthy level of skills.

Skilled individuals is a rare species. You can pay enormous amounts of money for programming jobs, translations, and all kind of services, just to receive a mediocre end-product. Plain folks can’t really drive their car, can’t really sell goods well, can’t really play music well, can’t really play tennis well. If you are just mediocre, you are considered exceptional. So sad.

In the middle ages, several institutions ensured that people would stay uneducated. People (were trained and) simply hoped that a better life is there for them after death. In contemporary times, we do that to ourselves, without any mediation from e.g. the Church. Of course, we don’t expect anything better for us after we’re done here in this life; we just try to fully enjoy our self-imposed ignorance here and now.

The same applies to universities. Too many students world-wide, too many academics, too much stupidity. And ah, they have a name for it: expertise! Know everything about nothing! Literally nothing…

Maybe theosophists were right to claim that the amount of knowledge is limited worldwide and there exists a kind of competition for this limited type of resource. Metaphysical bullshit? Could be, but then again, it describes the current situation neatly.

People that have a truly great education are considered giants of knowledge – but they are not, they’ re just baseline. Giants do exist, but their level is so out-of-this-world, we tend to confuse them for jerks.

I am not an elitist, however I cannot but see where this leads to. People who share the same higher values have the responsibility to unite, NOT to promote ourselves, but to serve these unique individuals who can be the bearers of a new era. Why?

Because if we are on the verge of a new scientific revolution, such an advancement can only be through the work of ONE individual, NOT many.

The “many” are ignorant, and the ones conceived as “giants”, actually just pass the baseline threshold. Up there, where true giants contemplate, there is no room for discussion. Sorry guys. And democracy is bad. Again sorry.

Yours,

Konstantinos G. Papageorgiou

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