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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Capacity to absorb knowledge and wisdom

Just wondering today about the human capacity to absorb knowledge and wisdom.

David Russell Schilling wrote an article several years ago in which he estimated that "knowledge doubles every 12 months and may soon double very 12 hours."

"Knowledge Doubling Every 12 Months, Soon to be Every 12 Hours 
By: David Russell Schilling | April 19th, 2013."

Yesterday, in an FB conversation with my friend, Dr. Ralph Marienello, he quoted Alfred Lord Tennyson, "methinks would be enjoyment more than in this march of mind, in the steamship, in the railway, in the thoughts that shake mankind." I responded with, "The march of the human mind is slow," completing Tennyson's thought.

Most people are busy attending to the task of managing sustainable households. At the lowest level of the economic rung, poor and less advantaged people must work incredibly hard at low wages just to make ends meet if they can. They have little discretion for personal and professional development.

Personal and professional development includes the acquisition of knowledge, skill, and proficiency that prepares them for advancement.

At the next level in society is the middle class where discretionary time and resources might increase, however, with growing families and needs, discretion is focused upon necessities such as attending all aspects of their children's development. If parents don't do that, they are likely sacrificing children for self-importance.

At the higher end of the middle-class and entering the wealthy class, people may increase discretionary resources by buying time through the acquisition of assistance to do some of the work.

Now, the reason for this discussion originally stemmed from considering how much time and resources citizens can devote to self-government, that means engaging their government in a democratic republic.

In a sense, when citizens elect representatives such as Members of the House and Senators, that is their way to get some help to engage government. Therefore, devoting time and attention to selecting quality candidates should be a high priority. Another way that citizens can get help in the process is from their political parties. That is why citizens can ill-afford political parties that fail to produce highly vetted and superior qualified candidates.

In the continuing age of the knowledge explosion, it is difficult to find time to become wise about the American political system and the corresponding government.

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