Knowledge, wisdom, and the taboo of learning

Since becoming enchanted with Luciferianism I have thought about knowledge and wisdom to some extent, and what they mean at large. And I think enlightenment may not be some far off thing to be achieved in the strictest sense, like how many religions especially Buddhism seem to paint it as. In truth, enlightenment might come incrementally, that is to say new nuggets of wisdom and knowledge serve to enlighten in new ways, and the process never stops, thus the enrichment of your own personal world never ends, only until death.

I have also thought about the fear of learning new things, the fear of knowledge, and the taboo of learning. I will admit, I have had instances of fear of stepping into something I am unfamiliar with early into university because I think I couldn’t handle it or would become something I don’t want to become, when in truth none of those things were necessarily true. Certainly not the latter part. I think we all experience the fear of being challenged at some point if we aren’t prepared for it. Humans are scared of learning and understanding is because they think that it will make them totally different afterwards, but I don’t think knowledge and wisdom necessarily have to. What they change, in essence, is not who you are or why you do things, but how you act, or more or less your understanding of how you might want to act. Ignorance can affect your actions on this earth; you can do all sorts of stupid things in this world for the principal reason that you didn’t know any better.

There are other reasons as well. In the Western world, religious programming certainly plays a role in subtly teaching humans that learning is bad or inferior to religious salvation, or that the only valid truth is the word of a single deity claiming to be invested in your life. The partly because of the myth of Adam and Eve, where it is told their eating of the fruit and their acquisition of knowledge led directly to the origin of sin and suffering, and that the only way out is by obeying the will of the deity Jehovah and sublimating one’s will to him. But I think that surely there are more reasons than just that.

I also think humans discourage themselves from learning because of the way we are educated as children. Think about it: when we become children, we get sent to school for us by our parents, and once we go to school we are made to learn by satisfying an authority-based system of learning. We see most of our teachers as authority figures who we have to obey in order fulfill criteria for completion of a school year. We are also constantly behaviorally repressed in a school environment, and very little is taught about behavior except when you get in trouble, break the rules, or do something nasty to someone else. This leads to people seeing school as unpleasant, and because we see going to school as unpleasant and teachers as oppressive, we become uninterested in learning whatsoever, viewing the learning experience as unpleasant and therefore undesirable. Thus, no wonder teenagers might think little of learning or of anything that is outside their attention span. Not to mention, you will most likely find yourself in this environment for over a decade, between when you turn 3-5 years old until you turn 18 years old tops (at least in my country anyway). Because we are taught this way for so long, it becomes difficult to shake off while you are still doing a course in college or university, as you may still end up seeing the lecturers as mere authority figures and I feel this makes the learning experience worse.

The fear of knowledge and understanding, together with the manner in which we are educated, is what I feel cultivates a taboo against learning and the pursuit of knowledge, and it is easy to do so because we see learning and the pursuit of knowledge as far removed from daily life when this is not at all the case.

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