A quote that used to be my motto is:
“Knowledge is power.”
because I love learning. Using various methods like reading (books/blog posts/even internet memes), watching documentaries, or just analyzing how things work.
It has been my motto for a long time. Every book I have read, or documentary that I have watched made me happy, because I tell myself that maybe I can use that knowledge someday. (No, I didn’t join a quiz show yet.)
Then I came across this quote from a famous physicist:
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
What?! Imagination is more important than knowledge? How come I didn’t realized that before? I was kinda relieved back then. Before I was just a knowledge hoarder. Sometimes I even stress myself out just to learn something new (I’m that dedicated to learning).
With this new insight though, I realized than things we considered as ‘knowledge’ today, was once just a thought created by another person in his/her head. For example mathematical formulas, famous work of arts, and books, were not present when this world started. Someone in the past have written them or in the case that writing was not available, passed them down orally throughout the generations.
Before the 1950s people taught that running a minute in a under four minutes is physiologically impossible for humans. But then a guy named Roger Bannister didn’t believe that, he went on the prove them wrong by breaking that record. Today, many people have broken that record, and running a mile under four minutes is not uncommon among top runners. Only because someone challenged the status quo a long time ago.
Sometimes it’s not what we know, it’s what we can imagine that can lead us to a better life.