Whether education is formal or informal, knowledge has great power. It has the power to change worlds, influence groups and raise the lowliest person to the greatest heights.
It is a wise man that seeks to expand his knowledge about the world around him, both in breadth and depth. A Gentleman should be able to have a little knowledge about most things to be able to hold intelligent conversations at all levels of society and then seek to deepen his knowledge about areas that inspire and interest him.
“Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.”
A Gentleman knows that the greatest accomplishments he attains will come through the facts, thoughts and insights he has accumulated by the conversations he has, the books he reads, the things he studies and all the tidbits of information he picks up along the way.
The Gentleman throughout history has been associated with education and knowledge. From the Gentleman scholars of Greece and Roman, and onto the Renaissance and beyond, the gentleman always has a dazzling fact at his fingertips.
It is true that the Gentleman is supposed to be a polymath, he was supposed to be able to be learned in many things, that has now changed and specialism has made the Gentleman lacking an edge in the world.
The pursuit of knowledge is a lifelong journey and an exciting one and once on the path, it is an immensely fulfilling and rewarding one.
A Gentleman’s Hint:
For at least 30 minutes each day read a non-fiction book or magazine – expand your knowledge.
Next Week – We delve into Masculinity.