Knowledge is power. What you know is your power base—it’s the battery you run on. You need to charge it constantly and consciously.Who do you want to be in charge of what you know? News directors?Radio disc jockeys? The office gossip? Tabloid newspaper editors? A pessimistic family member?Unless we consciously decide to build our own knowledge base, with a sense of direction to it, then we will be programmed, totally, by random input.
Feeling miserable and alienated from life is caused by not being in control of what we know.“Misery and alienation are not laid upon us by fate,” wrote ColinWilson. "They are due to the failure of the ego to accept its role as the controller of consciousness. All our experiences of happiness and intensity force the same conviction upon us, for they involve a sense of mastery."You can be the master of your own fate. You can make choices all daylong about what you are going to learn and what you are not going to learn.
“What are you reading over there?” someone may ask you. “Oh, it’s just something I found in the trash,” you might say.And it might seem harmless enough to read something you found in the wastebasket because there was nothing else nearby, but whole lives are shaped that way. The computer term “GIGO”—garbage in, garbage out—is even truer for the human biocomputer than it is for mechanical computers.
Take control of what you know. The more you know about what motivates you, the easier it is to motivate yourself. The more you know about the human brain, the less trouble you have operating it.Knowledge is power. Respect yours and build on it.