“A little knowledge is a dangerous thing” is not an especially old saying. That saying probably only goes back to 1709, but what does it mean?
What’s the meaning of the phrase ‘A little knowledge is a dangerous thing’?
The proverb ‘A little knowledge is a dangerous thing’ expresses the idea that a small amount of knowledge can mislead people into thinking that they are more expert than they really are, which can lead to mistakes being made.https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/a-little-knowledge-is-a-dangerous-thing.html
When speaking of his political opponents, President Ronald Reagan described the problem this way.
It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/194830-it-isn-t-so-much-that-liberals-are-ignorant-it-s-just
Consider, for example, the support Liberal Democrats express for Socialist policies. Socialism has never worked, yet every time the programs Liberal Democrats support don’t work they just double down and angrily demand more money and power.
Is this “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing” exclusive to Liberal Democrats? No. We all suffer from this problem. That is why I wrote WE ARE NOT SMART ENOUGH OR WISE ENOUGH TO VOTE SMART several years ago. We all think we know things that aren’t so. Too many of us even think we know how to run each other’s lives when we don’t even know how to run our own lives.
Consider how little most of us know about religion, politics, science, and philosophy.
- How many people do “you” know who have read the Bible cover to cover? Have “you” read the Bible and taken the time to study it a bit? How about the Koran or the sacred works of other religions? When someone tells “you” that all religions are the same — that all Theists worship the same God — do “you” believe them? Has it occurred to “you” that “you know” something that is not true?
- How many people do “you” know who have studied some of the documents our nation’s founders studied before they wrote our Constitution? How many people do “you” know who have read “The Federalist Papers”? How many people do “you” know who donate money to their favorite political leaders and actively participate in local party politics? Do “you”? Then what makes “you” think “you” actually understand how politics works in the USA?
- How many people do “you” know who understand the scientific method? How many people do “you” know who think the following theories have been scientifically proven?
- The Theory of Evolution.
- Climate Change.
- The Big Bang Theory.
- The theory that same sex attraction is genetically determined.
- How many people do “you” know who think logically? Do “you” know what it means to think logically?
Of course, I think I know the answers to the questions I asked, but like “you” I have this conundrum to solve. If I think I know something and what I think I know is not so, then how do I come to know that what I think is so is not so? Will it help if I try to force everyone else to believe what I believe?
What has made America unique? During most of human history humans fought each other for domination. Humans formed factions to force their beliefs and practices upon each other. Humans even fought to make slaves of each other. In America, however, people largely agreed that it made more sense to fight for each other’s Given-given rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. The founders of this nation actually accepted the notion that God is our neighbor’s master, that we don’t have the right to run our neighbor’s lives.
What about “you”? Is it more important to “you” to have the right to run “your” own life, or do “you” think that our elected leaders could do a better job of running “your” life? Do “you” really think the people we elect have sufficient intelligence, knowledge, and wisdom to run everyone’s life, including “yours”? If “you” do, then I hope everyone else disagrees with “you,” but it is all too probable that they won’t.
What has made America unique? The people of this country once understood the difference between putting their trust in God and men.