“The whole point of knowledge is to produce both meaning and purpose in our personal lives”. To what extent do you agree with this statement?
Knowledge had always been an inevitable part of every human being and the entire society. Moreover, knowledge itself involves different aspects, which define if a person’s life can be named as successful. In fact, knowledge affects every side of the life cycle and without it people would only have primary instincts like breathing, eating, and drinking. Primary instincts, which are given to every living creature by the nature, cannot be fulfilled successfully without knowledge. Knowing how to get, earn, or produce food, clothes and other vital things is what places human beings above other creatures. The statement “The whole point of knowledge is to produce both meaning and purpose in our personal lives” is only partially correct and to explain the reason for it this issue should be considered more closely.
In general, knowledge is a state of mind, in terms of which a person possesses certain amount of information. The statement under consideration, which determines that knowledge serves only for one goal, can be considered as a fair one. However, I personally believe that it is only partially correct as knowledge has a lot more functions.
For thousands of years, people had tried to find if their lives have a meaning or a purpose. This desire is commonly determined by human brain activity, which defines that every action and situation must have a logical explanation. In addition, from the emotional point of view, making attempts to possess knowledge is a defense mechanism (“Coping Mechanisms” 2014). Unfortunately, every individual faces both pleasant and unpleasant situations, and when a person is involved in or observes an action or a situation that implie a negative background he or she is trying to find a reasonable explanation for it. For example, a child of completely healthy and caring parents is dying from cancer, which is a highly negative situation. Believing that this death implies no meaning or purpose makes thinking that there is no point in living as such.
The point of knowledge is indeed to make personal lives and actions be filled with meaning and purpose. At the same time, knowledge is a key element in achieving and realizing the exact purpose as well as meaning. Every human being wants to know why he or she came to this world and what exactly must be achieved and accomplished when the time of death comes. However, only knowing the meaning and purpose of life is not enough for the vast majority of people. Since simple existing can be neither a meaning nor a purpose, knowledge can be applied to finding them.
At this point, people’s opinion on the meaning and purpose varies. For some people, understanding the fact that their personal lives have some meaning and/or purpose is enough to live happily because they do not need the precise information on it. At the same time, other people try to find out the exact meaning and purpose (Lutz and Neis 26), so they could plan their actions for the future to reach their predetermined goal. Some people see their purpose in serving to humanity (for example, praying for others’ souls, healing injured or sick people, inventing things, etc.), while other people believe that the only purpose of their lives is to make themselves and their close relatives rich and happy without caring if humanity will suffer from it.
Even though a personal life is not a scientific field, it requires even more knowledge and wisdom than can be expected to make such small social unit, as a family, live in harmony. The most knowledge is needed in communicating with family members. For example, a marrried couple that was blessed with a child gains an additional purpose in life, which is to raise a good and healthy person. The partial accurateness of the primary statement under consideration can be vividly observed in this case because knowledge serves to realize the primary purpose, which is raising the child; but also knowledge is needed for both parents to understand in what way it should be done. Therefore, the point of knowledge cannot be limited so severely as only to produce the meaning and purpose (Awad and Ghaziri 61).
Another example that supports the thesis can be seen in people who dedicated their personal lives to serving God. In this particular case, such people see living in prays and restrictions for the rest of their lives as a meaning, and to be on heavens with all spiritual benefits is their purpose. If the entire point of knowledge consists only in it, they would not know what exactly, when, and in what way they must do things to be sure that they put their purpose and meaning into life properly.
Knowledge brings harmony to people’s lives because they can see surrounding things clearly and analyze them to create at least partial balance. Moreover, knowledge was given to people so they could have the ability to understand the rational purpose and meaning, evaluate their actions taken together with the possible results to come up with a fair conclusion. If look at the statement in the topic, it can also be noticed that knowledge produces meaning and purpose; however, knowledge itself cannot create anything that did not exist before. Moreover, as it was said above, knowledge is what helps people to see and understand their meanings and purposes. Nevertheless, knowledge is a formational factor because it places images in people’s minds and, thus, it does produce neither purpose nor meaning but it creates understanding, without which both these items would be pointless (Allee 219).