The General Knowledge Dilemma
- To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804 – 1881), Sybil, 1845
- If I did not have a “healthy” amount of general knowledge, I would not be able to understand the countless references to history and mythology J.K. Rowling makes through all the Harry Potter book series. Names, characters, scenarios, locations, almost everything is related to something of the “real world”.
- If I did not have a “healthy” amount of general knowledge, I would not be able to understand any of the jokes and situations developed in “The Big bang Theory”. To be able to laugh honestly when they make jokes and not only to laugh in order not to look as an ignorant in front of my friends, I need to know about USA culture, new trends, technology, comics, movies, cartoons, Hindu culture, Jewish, even other sitcoms (they had made references to Law & Order and Two and a Half Men).
- If I did not have a “healthy” amount of general knowledge, I would not be able to understand the News. I need to know why two countries are at war, why in the USA some people cannot conceive the idea of Universal Health Care, why some people get obsessed with everything Apple launches, or why the prices of the Oil fall around the world’s stock markets and in Costa Rica everything is more expensive because of the Oil prices?
Again, Is Beowulf gonna give me money to pay my bills? That is a big NO.
Knowing more that you need to survive is essential to appreciate day by day interaction with the people and the elements that conform our world. We cannot narrow our minds only to the issues that are interesting to us. We need to be able to recognize and understand as many topics as possible if we want to “brag” and say: “I know”.