The only good is knowledge, and the only evil, ignorance. - Diogenes
One of the legitimate needs and desires for humans–an element
necessary for peace of mind, safety, security and effective empowerment, not to mention our
enduring curiosity–has to be relevant,
pertinent knowledge. Without knowledge, we would just be empty vessels,
stimulus-response meat sticks without any basis for making personal
decisions or having any personal accountability.
Not having pertinent knowledge leaves us blind and disempowered at
the very basic level. No decision as to what to do can be made
confidently or correctly without adequate knowledge. Currently we go
through life constantly making decisions in a vacuum much of the time
without knowing things that are necessary to make an informed, correct
decision. We have to play a form of roulette by assaying possibilities
and estimating probabilities, taking guesses after weighing factors that
are unclear. How much of our unstable psychological
condition is due to this pressing underlying reality contributing to our insecurity? This
uncertainty and lack of
clarity permeates every aspect of our lives.
One of the premises being proposed on this site is that in an ideal
state, each individual will have ready access to all pertinent knowledge.
As everybody can understand, knowledge is one of the great equalizers
that transcend lesser factors.
You are free to do what you want, but you are
not free to want what you
want. - Schopenhauer
Every human being has a natural, intrinsic and legitimate desire and need for knowledge.