Grade Essay 2 - 12! Can Knowledge Be a Burden Rather Than a Benefit?
Can Knowledge Be a Burden Rather Than a Benefit?
In the past, scholars clawed their path to the elite, hungry for knowledge and its empowering abilities. However, over the centuries, knowledge has grown into more of an onerous duty than a proud, indispensible privilege. This tred is shown best through the alarming college admissions today, the plight of countries in need of our help, and the lack of spontaneity in our daily lives.
Today, college admissions can be one of the most cumbersome tasks a high school student faces. Because knowledge has been dispensed to all, pristine colleges such as Ivy Leagues, are inundated with applications – facing the dreadful task of accepting a select few from the thousands that apply. Knowledge here is malicious to one’s academic future; his or her application has been rejected by the college of his or her choice, and there is no benefit whatsoever – the applicant loses a possible school, the school loses a component of knowledge that could have attended.
The burdensome nature of knowledge can be seen in U.S. regression from intervention in countries overseas. Third world countries in Africa, for instance, are in dire need of U.S. resources and aid; our knowledge of damaged markets, tribal tensions, and dependence on welfare surface in this argument, causing the United States to recede from helping the destitute.
Lastly, knowledge can be malicious and burdensome in that it makes the spontaneity of life trite. No longer is weather an unpredictable, celestial force; rather it is a series of scientific meteorological predictions and calculations characterized by weather forecasts, warnings, and local announcements. The stunning accuracy of these predictions may also trigger the decadence of other things in life with basis on probability and patterns. The question, “If I already know my favorite sports team will lose the final game in the series, why do I bother attending the match?” best exemplifies the sentiment behind the lethargy, the listlessness, the decline of participation spurred by foreknowledge, or simply, knowledge.
As seen in the demise of spontaneity today, the recession from aiding the indigent overseas, and stressful college applications, it is evident that knowledge is of no benefit to modern society.