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    Belle Ame

    ... the first time I read the Bible cover-to-cover as a teenager.

    ECC 1:18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
    Over half a century and reading constantly and thus acquiring the largest private library of anyone I know, I know why much knowledge brings sorrow.

    The first thing one learns is that one lifetime is not enough to acquire all the knowledge about all the subjects one is curious about.

    The second thing one learns is that knowledge is limited by one's own ignorance.  Ignorance, in and of itself, only means 'unlearned or untaught.'  It does not mean a refusal to learn.  It does not mean willful ignorance, or a refusal to learn something new; refusing to learn is the very definition of stupidity (to my mind).  There is nothing wrong with ignorance as long as one remembers there's a cure for ignorance:  Knowledge.

    The third thing one learns is that beyond a certain point in acquiring lots of knowledge, one figures out that very few people are just as curious as one, and that they don't really care about knowledge.  Suddenly, for lack of anyone to converse with regarding even only a dozen or so subjects, the world becomes a limiting place, even lonely.  A person with books to read never gets lonely because there are worlds past, present, and future in those books, so it's preferable to be alone and read.

    Bonus:  The invention of the internet is the best thing that ever happened to curious people in search of knowledge (and to genealogists in search of documents or other info ~ and all caveats apply in finding that knowledge on the internet where both valid and not-so-valid info is found).  There are people "out there" who love knowledge and the quest for knowledge, and if one asks for advice or bibliographic information or just wants to discuss all these odd, esoteric, or just plain interesting things, one can turn to the internet..., and voila!  Like-minded people on the other side of keyboards!  This is great good fun!  :-)

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Wed May 22, 2013 at 03:17:05 PM PDT

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    •  THat is why Hell is HERE (0+ / 0-)

      "The first thing one learns is that one lifetime is not enough to acquire all the knowledge about all the subjects one is curious about.

      I feel like the twilight zone, so much reading and always short of time, even in retirement. 88-((( yeah I wear glasses on top of everything else.

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