#AwakeningYou: THE EDGE CALLED KNOWLEDGE – @StevenHaastrup
Published:29 Jan, 2013
Good day and welcome to #AwakeningYou, a Tuesday weekly script of #StartupNigeria. My name is Haastrup Steven.
Sir Francis Bacon made perhaps the most audacious statement on knowledge when he equated knowledge with power. We know what power can do, don’t we? Power turns the weakling into a strong man. Power grows up a child into accelerated adulthood. Power turns a slave into a slave owner. With power the reviled becomes the revered; the rejected becomes the embraced; the unnoticed becomes the celebrated. Power draws fame, draws wealth. We all have an evident display on the turnaround Power does to a man in this Nigeria’s highest Office.
In any community, the one who wields the power has the control. He takes the centre stage. He calls the shots. That’s why many will do everything, including maiming and killing, to get power. Like someone said, “Power is sweet.” Power opens doors. Power elicits subservience. People defer to you. You do not have to earn the respect of the people. Power has got you that already. Power expands your circle of friends. Your enemies bow at your feet. Your detractors seek for a truce on your terms. Those who hate you with a passion now sing your praise. You are the man. Power speaks.
Ironically, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. There is a limit to power after all. History is replete with the fall of many mighty. There had been no despot that had not suffered shame and disgrace – in life or in death. There had been no misuse of power without a corresponding loss of face. It would seem that the harder they come the easier they fall.
“Knowledge emboldens you in a world where many live in fear.”
“The bridge that connects you to that desirable future you seek is Knowledge.”
“Knowledge energizes your relationships, changes limiting perceptions and creates new frontiers for you and your society.”
But then, there is a power that is more subtle and yet more enduring. It is the power that comes from knowledge. Knowledge gives you an edge. It distinguishes you. It enables you. Knowledge empowers your vision. It emboldens you in a world where many live in fear. It raises the bar of your performance at work. Knowledge energizes your relationships, changes limiting perceptions and creates new frontiers for you and your society. It is your power in this mysterious world.
You know what I think, dear reader, you should make the quest for knowledge your passion in 2013. I believe there is so much in store for you this year. The bridge that connects you to that desirable future you seek is KNOWLEDGE – Knowledge.
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Haastrup Steven is the Executive Director of Startup Nigeria; He is a freelance writer, public speaker, startup trainer and a lover of God. He is a fan of technology and its influence over our lives and the society.
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