Who first said, “Knowlege is power.” and in what context? This phrase is attributed to Francis Bacon in reference to his publication, Meditations Sacre, Section 10: Of Heresies which uses this quote as a tagline of sorts, “You err, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.” The exact quote we are looking for in context actually appears as a parenthetical note! It is safely tucked away in a much longer thought on the power of God. Rather than get sidetracked, the link to the entire publication is in Sources: 2 below.
When one sees this phrase quoted it is often assumed the scope and depth of knowlege on one or many subjects equals the power to act and accomplish a goal. So untrue. A head full of knowlege is just that, a head full of knowlege. It does nothing for the possessor nor the hearer. Without analysis and critical thinking knowlege by itself does not motivate action.
What of Wisdom then and what part does it play in this triad? Wisdom it is often said, is the right use of knowlege. If we substitute the word “correct” for right in this phrase, we have a more precise definition of wisdom therefore; wisdom is the correct use of knowlege.
The logical question follows; “Who determines what is ‘correct’ in any given set of circumstances?” There is a joke told many different ways but it goes like this; Ask any three lawyers (Polacks, Rabbis, Pastors, Politicians…) how to (fill-in-the-blank) and you will get ten differing opinions. That irony points out within humanity, everyone has their own methodology. Not very helpful. It seems, at least to the scientific mind and maybe to the common sense mind of days gone by, there must be an unchanging benchmark by which to measure a decision to act.
At this juncture we ask ourselves “What is that benchmark, where do I find it?” The classic Liberal Arts education would have us learn languages, study science, philosophy, the arts and different cultural practices to discover the accumulated wise sayings and actions of man over time. Great! However, one discovers divergent thought experiments, conclusions and actions implemented over time leading to disasters one would prefer to avoid a second time. World War I comes to mind. Yet we engaged in World War II within a dozen years.
There has to be a better way. For Western civilization the choice was clear 2,000 years ago, it seems; hand over the soverignty of humanity to a higher power, outside our limits of space and time. This higher power, is believed to be embodied in the person of IESOUS, Jesus (transliterated Greek language) and Yeshua ha Mashiach (in transliterated Hebrew language) or Emmanu-El, God with us (also transliterated Hebrew). The term “Christ”; Latin Christus, from Greek khristos “the anointed,” Sources: 3,4 & 5.
From then until now sincere diciples of this unique individual commonly known as Jesus, have poured over His recorded wisdom begining with the first 12 hand-picked followers, their spouses, parents, siblings, friends and even strangers to the Hebrew religion and culture.They have extrapolated, taught, traveled & died for their belief and practices.
What about power? Power in the English language is translated from the Greek word dunamis; (miraculous) might, power, strength. The connotation is of a force greater than the combined strength of a group of humans, or outside the confines of physics, space and time.
And finally, what of “Wisdom”? Ahhh, now we wade into some muddy waters. Hebrew; chokmah – skill in war, shrewdness in administration, prudence in action. Greek; sophia – clarity, insight, skill, intelligence.
The two languages seem to differ slightly however; the common denominator is skill. We can say wisdom is indeed the correct use of knowlege. When we take time to pick apart the definitions of Knowlege, Power & Wisdom we conclude not only have we mis-used the words, we have mis-used their intended purposes. However; can we say that power comes from the skillful use of knowlege? It is evident, we can.
We noted above experiments in the skillful use of knowlege have not always produced beneficial results for humanity. How is this so? Corruption of the intended purposes of knowlege and unwise applications of that knowlege resulted in corruption of power. Remember the phrase, “absolute power, corrupts absolutely?” Here is the full quote;
Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you superadd the tendency of the certainty of corruption by authority.” – Lord Acton
A bit of an eye opener, wouldn’t you agree? In fact, both famous phrases used here have been…corrupted. By way of quoting them out of context we have distilled their meaning and changed what the original Authors actually were saying to us. What were cautionary words of wisdom became cheapened by abreviation and transformed into whatever the speaker wishes them to mean. Reminds this author of another quote;
“Do what thou wilt, shall be the whole of the law.” – Francois Rabelais in 1532
Look at that date again; Francis Bacon wrote our opening quote in1597. Is it possible Francis Bacon was rebutting a re-emergence of an older philisophical thought? The thought that there is no Higher authority than man; essentially there is no God?
Indeed, this author believes this is the case. Did Francis Bacon read Francios Rabelais? Perhaps, or perhaps not. This denial of God is thousands of years older than either Rabelais or Bacon. It parallels all of human history from the deception of Eve and the abdication of Adam’s God given authority to stand against anything in opposition to his Creator in Genesis, down through the ages to this day.
In this article the author’s intention or will is to point the reader toward reality; the reality we live in today and from whence it came. On February 26, 2018 Halieus Media published Evil in Time a post introducing the reader to a video interview between Douglas Gabriel and Michael McKibbon. The video title is Timeline of Evil. Halieus Media intentionally used a play on words to marry our post to this video, it is very important and we hope our audience will view not only this video but several others produced by American Intelligence Network. This technique is called amplification or force multiplication. It is our desire to amplify the voice of truth.
- “Francis Bacon Quotes.” BrainyQuote.com. Xplore Inc, 2018. 28 February 2018. https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/francis_bacon_100764
- Meditation Sacre Wikisource.org
- Jesus or Yeshua – yeshua.org
- Hebrew Names of God – hebrew4christians.com
- christ|Origins – etymonline.org
- dunimas|Strong’s Greek – biblehub.com/greek
- chokmah|Strong’s Hebrew – biblehub.com/hebrew
- sophia|Strong’s Greek – biblehub.com/greek
- Thelema – Greek; will. Gargantua and Pantagruel written by Francois Rabelais in 1532 – What is Thelema|Thelema101.com
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