There’s an epidemic of unemployment as I write this.
They say knowledge is power. It’s why young people go to college. They hope that after investing four, five, or even ten years of their lives in school, they can know something extremely well. After that, they get a $150,000 piece of paper that says they do.
Surely the job market will respond with open arms after graduation, right?
Now I’m not knocking school. For some professions, it’s the only gateway in. And a degree does confer some skills. But what do you do when there isn’t a job in your field?
You transfer your skills to something else so you can make a living.
Education is valuable when it brings understanding. They say knowledge is power. Is it? Suppose you know every county in every state in the U.S. If you don’t do anything with that information, is it really any more valuable than trivia?
You might be a great contestant on Jeopardy then.
The goal of Proverbs is to get you to understand what you’ll read. That’s why there is repetition. The same thing is said in different ways so that if it’s not so clear one way, maybe another way will open the door of understanding for you.
Knowledge is only power when it’s used. What good is it to have electricity wired to your house if you never flip the switch and realize its benefits?
The whole point of learning then is to do something with what you learn. It’s like traveling today. Gas is expensive so we only make intentional trips in the car. If you’ve got somewhere specific to go, you’ve spent your money and your time well, haven’t you?
Wisdom comes by learning to understand. It’s the best investment you can make.