People say that knowledge is the absence of ignorance. Knowledges is built by learning new ideas at any time and everywhere. Knowledge has influenced humanity in both beneficial and detrimental ways. Through knowledges, humans have improved or worsened this world; they have sparked good or evil; and they have revived or destroyed cultures.
Knowledges in physical and chemical science caused the invention of gunpowder. Gunpowder can be used to clear mountains in a few seconds in order to build new roads. This can save the lives of men and women who are exposed to possible landslides. Even though gunpowder can be used for humanitarian causes, men have used it to kill each other through the last four centuries. Knowledge of the potential of gunpowder should be used to benefit the world, and it should not be used to hurt the world.
Where did the eagerness to get knowledge begin? We Christians believe that it started in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden fruit. Mankind wanted to be equal to God; consequently they sought knowledge. Wanting to acquire knowledge caused evil to enter this world. Knowledge of Jesus Christ has led this world to start changing for the better. Knowledge can be used to cause or prevent evil.
Knowing about hte past can have positive or negative effects on this world. Knowledge can help people respect or disrespect other cultures. Guatemala is an example today to show that knowledge can start the revival of ancient cultures. The Guatemala government is spending and investing in bilingual education to keep ancestral languages alive. It is the knowledge of ancient tribes that helped Guatemalans feel pride in their ancestry, language, and customs. The past has also given us an example of how knowledge can negatively effect the outcome of history. Knowledge of the Aryan race led Hitler to build Nazi Germany and start World War II.
Humankind has benefitted form knowledge by improvements in medical science, physical science, and geological science. The invention of cars, airplanes, and ships are examples of how knowledge can help humanity. Knowledge has also led to the invention of guns, bombs, and biochemical weapos to kill other men and women. Not using knowledge wisely allowed evil to enter the world. Knowledge of God and Christ allowed salvation to enter this world, too. God gave us the freedom to use knowledge in any way we want; let us use it for good.
Written as an in-class essay by Jesse A.