knowledge corrupts

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    knowledge corrupts

    If knowledge is power

    And if power corrupts

    Then it means knowledge corrupts.

    So what are you thoughts on this?
    I shall call egypt the harmless dragon

    -Isaiah 30.7

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    everyone gets brainwashed and become "dumb"?
    think only with code.
    write only with source.

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    The saying goes "Absolute power currupts absolutly." So therefor one would have to have 'absolute' knowledge to become corrupt absolutly.
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    Well, knowledge can corrupt. Easy example: if you know the cheat of a game, will you use it ? If so, you have been corrupted by the knowledge. No Knowledge, no cheat, no corruption.
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    according to christianity, yes, knowledge is what corrupts. (ie satan making them eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil)

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    I don't think having knowledge is corrupting you, its enlightening you. lack of knowledge ie ignorance is more dangerous in most situations i'd say.

    but the flip side is that 'ignorance is bliss'. the more you know about some things, then the more it can depress you. you'd be better of not knowing some things.
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    "according to christianity, yes, knowledge is what corrupts"

    ....... well it MUST be true then.

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    Well acording to Mormonism, "O that great and cunning plan of the evil one! Oh the vainness and the frailties and the foolishness of men! When they are loearned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsels of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves. Wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness, and it profiteth them not".
    And of course, my personal favorite saying like that:

    Girls = time x money
    Money = sqroot(evil)
    Time = Money
    Girls = sqroot(evil)(sqroot(evil))
    Girls = EVIL! EVIL!

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    i posted this EXACT same thing a little while ago...

    sheesh.

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    >>>>"according to christianity, yes, knowledge is what corrupts"

    >>....... well it MUST be true then.
    Clyde, He was simply stating a fact. No reason to poke fun at it.
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    hm..

    "I don't think having knowledge is corrupting you, its enlightening you. lack of knowledge ie ignorance is more dangerous in most situations i'd say.

    but the flip side is that 'ignorance is bliss'. the more you know about some things, then the more it can depress you. you'd be better of not knowing some things."

    I have to agree, knowledge IS wonderful, but IF used incorrectly it can lead to depression and misunderstood ideas about what's truly real and important in life.

    It seems that the more we discover through an answered question, the more questions pop up to replace it! We find oursleves trapped in the land of confusion and distorted truth.

    I know of a fellow who, as a friend said of him, he's really smart, but he lacks wisdom. He knows so many things about medicine, philosphy, ect, but he chose not to go to college, he dosn't want to get a job ,so he lives on welfare; and he spends his time playing video games and wasting his life away. Get this, he's only 21!

    Probably didn't have much corrolation with the discussion, but I thought it was interesting.

    ARGHHHH!!! I had a wonderful post written out and I deleted it quite by accident! Couldn't remember all of what I had said so it came out shorter and not quite what I wanted.

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    "No reason to poke fun at it."

    There's always reason to poke fun at it.

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    According to the bible knowledge does not corrupt. Your garden of eden example is false. It was not the knowledge gained that corrupted Adam and Eve, it was the act of disobeying the one commandment at the time. Knowledge does not corrupt anyone, the person who uses that knowledge wrongfully is the one corrupt. for example Guns are not bad it is the person who uses the gun wrongfully that is.
    "The most common form of insanity is a combination of disordered passions and disordered intellect with gradations and variations almost infinite."

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    There are many types of power and not all of them are corrupting.

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    >>There's always reason to poke fun at it.

    LMAO! Short, simple, to the point, and highly accurate.

    Nvoigt has the most convincing argument so far. Stevey also has a point about 'ignorance is bliss'. Without the knowledge we are happier, though far more likely to make mistakes; Possibly fatal ones. personally I'll take my chances with knowledge. I can think of nothing I'd rather not know about.
    "There's always another way"
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