On Understanding and Knowledge

Written by James Chimaimba

Knowledge is a product of understanding. Throughout history, understanding has proven to be a key component in its formation. Understanding influences concepts and ideas to be fully examined and mastered thus forming knowledge.

 The above argument can be understood fully through this example. It is a fact that in this world there was a time when there was no mathematics as a discipline. Some people had to understand various concepts and ideas on shapes and symbols. After years of refining, scrutinizing and examining such shapes and symbols, they came up with consistent methods, analogies and deductions- which became a stand-alone knowledge. These are what we call mathematics today!

Understanding produces knowledge. It has generated some of the most valuable knowledge in the world. However, one thing is clear; if understanding precedes knowledge then a possibility of creating knowledge is very high as long as understanding is applied. As of today there are many concepts and ideas which have not been examined or cross examined yet. These ideas have the potential of harboring some kinds of useful knowledge. If man can apply understanding on such ideas and concepts it is possible to unlock some new knowledge. Therefore, it is very important for people to strive to achieve understanding of particular things so that new knowledge can be formed and the old one be improved. This is the basis of development and civilization.

Knowledge is unlimited. People can only stop trying to understand and thus stop knowledge formation and development. If knowledge is not updated or new knowledge introduced, its time passes away and ignorance and immorality take over. Consequently, people suffer and many things collapse- as knowledge, which is the foundation of civilization and development, is downgraded.

Thus, when people suppress understanding, knowledge can remain hidden and bring devastating effects. Countries and people who have a work ethic of relentlessly trying to apply understanding to things create more and new knowledge become better than those that do not. This knowledge results in more and new products which improve life.

Those who very much like to receive, to be given or copy find it hard to create new knowledge because they lack understanding. They only receive and rely on the knowledge from others. In such situations stagnation is prevalent, more resources are lost and solutions are very hard to find. Even problems that require common sense are difficult to solve.

 Some knowledge, when not properly managed, reaches the point that instead of doing good it does bad. For example, when the knowledge of law is compromised, it brings injustice to people instead of bringing justice. Likewise, rules, instead of regulating people they can hurt the people. Systems that are made to keep money safe can lose money over and over again without proper explanations.

 So, it is important for people to try seeking understanding, for it helps to locate strengths and weaknesses so that man can build up something. For people who have some kind of knowledge and are using it, it is important for them to always seek new understanding of such knowledge. Without it, the knowledge of what they are doing can even expire or other people can come up with a better one and overtake them. There have been so many companies and institutions that have collapsed just because their knowledge expired. The industry did not need them anymore!

Let us seek understanding to gain better knowledge and propel ourselves to the future; for better and meaningful development of the world.