Friday, December 21, 2012

Take a bite ...

...small, delicious and sweet from the tree of knowledge!

The avarice for using knowledge as power instead of using it powerfully is not truly apparent until the person concerned refuses you a bite of their apple!

Yesterday, I went to the weekly village food market and the head of local police tapped me on the shoulder to point out which vendor had the best fresh produce.  Being new here, I was very grateful and the meal made with that food was ever-so tasty. Welcome to Knowledge by Acquaintance!

It is possible that the way knowledge is mass marketed today leaves knowledge hoarding in the shade – secreted away, knowledge only ends up rotting at the bottom of a barrel. The searching, gathering and qualifying of knowledge can be heinous and painstaking work so when exotic new varieties become available it is easy to be diverted, but when they become the
ongoing preferred flavour, take note. We must ensure that the knowledge that shapes our landscape enables us to use it positively to shape the landscape of our lives.

We may roam the fields, climb the trees and scrub in the orchard - whether picked from the tree or scrounged from the ground both apples can be perfectly ripe but the taste is as different and as varied as we are. For knowledge to have its true worth the question is posed if it need be grafted from the original tree or we just allow the seeds to scatter and grow where they will.

The seeds we sow do not guarantee we get the same actionable result therefore we turn to grafting in order to clone the original however, it's important to query if this is the desired purpose. Do we truly want to be governed by the root stock or do we wish to branch out into new varieties? Remember, we are able to have our knowledge fresh, cooked, grilled, baked and stewed because of the variety propagated. One type does not taste well in all circumstances.

The apple can fall far from the tree whether we engineer our knowledge or it is discovered as an accident of nature. It’s human nature to want to improve or disprove and bend knowledge to our will. The art of manipulating is extraordinary, and only to be considered good or bad depending on how it's focused. Look at any key discovery from science, after all the patience, trial and error a breeding frenzy of new thought dazzles their mastery with what was once the unknown.  In turn, they renew their exploration to take us further into new realms. Promiscuous by design, when knowledge is left to its own devices it’s unpredictable. The prime pick was only for a privileged few but the leftover small and bitter apple made great cider that all could enjoy!

For centuries, knowledge has captivated us but it's tricky to cultivate as the enormous effort and eventual destruction of the original Library of Alexandria teaches us. However, what we knew can become new again when uncovered, discovered and understood. We may recognise the old in a slightly different colour and perhaps with a flavour reminiscent of the original, but we must not hamper the young brains of our time who have not yet experienced that inspiring crunch followed by the refreshing, thirst quenching joy of illumination. To share knowledge and see the expression of surprise on their face is not to just relive the moment but see it in the light of a new context. This new variety allows the 'craft master' to again become a student.

Sometimes an old recipe is adapted and a new one is created, other times the proven method of making is the better choice.  Through this cycle, we thereby continue to perpetuate the ongoing growth of sapient sentience.

Do you have a bunch of apples ready for the eating? Then acquaint us with the flavour of your wisdom.

By Simone Jo Moore

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