KNOWLEDGE LIKE THE WIND
Whilst I don’t proclaim to be an expert in learning theory or knowledge construction, I am an avid thinker about the thinking that we perform. Although knowledge can be defined ‘as an awareness or familiarity gained by experience of a fact or situation’. Much like our nose – we know it is there through observation and/or touch our nose is there, yet our mind has turned off to the fact it is there and doesn’t see it so how are we to know that it hasn’t gone?
“the smell of mahogany and leather bound books “
For many, knowledge conjures up the smell of mahogany and leather bound books sitting dormant on the shelves of institutions, for others it could be the sight of the creation of developed curriculum learning. As subjective as it is, we all know that knowledge is constantly around us in all that we do and see and is up to those who can translate that into an opportunity to gain further knowledge. I’m quietly confident that we can’t honestly say that knowledge can be pinned down and addressed as a physical entity, it is more a natural effect. But is it that knowledge only exists within the realm of one’s mind? Or is knowledge like the wind? Not always being felt or seen but constantly weaving through our entire existence around all that we do, see and feel, capturing and harnessing knowledge to move our understanding further along the road of life?
I see knowledge as the gusts of wind stirring up and manipulating the fragments of loose thoughts that are all too often forgotten. Yet like knowledge, given the right circumstances has the ability to take one’s self to unexplored areas. If we imagine and picture a simple wooden ship being propelled around our world by simple breezes, we can picture and see that like wind; knowledge is only seen when it interacts with another object like the sail being strained at the mast or the simple paper wrapper tumbling down the street. Like the sail our own drivers come into play when we harvest this energy to create usable momentum against the boundless ocean that appears allowing us to glide through – yet our momentum is constantly being robbed by the very medium that is keeping us afloat. For our own fears, worries and biases are the very friction that provide the opposition to knowledge.
So the question remains; if knowledge is all around us and all we need to do is harvest it, is it better to provide a bigger sail to catch it or reduce the very friction that strangles our ability to use the acquired knowledge?