Knowledge-is-power

“When I was 12 years old, a missionary saw me and suggested that I learn how to do flower arrangements. I said, ‘Dudes don’t do things like flower arrangements’. The missionary then said, ‘In life, there’s a difference between choosing not to do something because you don’t know it and being knowledgeable about something and then choosing not to do it.’ My view completely changed after he said this. So I learned how to do flower arrangements as well as some other things, but in the end I ended up choosing to run my own flower shop. 30 years have passed since that moment.”

“제가 12살 때였는데, 선교사가 저보고 꽃을 배우라고 권하더라구요. 그래서 제가 ‘사내새끼가 무슨 꽃을 배워요.’라고 했어요. 그랬더니 선교사가 ‘살면서 모르고 안 하는 것과 알고 안 하는 것은 다르다’라고 말하더라구요. 그 말에 제가 완전히 넘어갔어요. 그래서 그 후 꽃을 배웠는데, 다른 것도 좀 하다가 결국 꽃집 운영을 선택했어요. 그렇게 30년이 흘렀죠.” 

People are so afraid of what they don’t know, but what’s worse is that they’re completely unwilling to do something about it, and learn, and understand.

If a medication scares you then why don’t you learn about the chemicals that are in it and how they affect your body.

Does high acid content scare you? Why don’t you study titrations and buffer systems? Why aren’t you learning about pH? Why aren’t you going online and watching chemistry videos on YouTube? Why aren’t you going to the library and checking out chemistry textbooks?

Oh, what’s that? You don’t have time for that? But you do have time to surf Facebook groups and read fearmongering blog entries by chemphobic nut jobs? Okay then.

Our current society is downright allergic to knowledge and it’s scary.

Though printed during the World War II era referring to when the Nazis burned books and art that they considered “degenerate”, FDR’s quote is as relevant today as it was back in 1942. Knowledge is indeed power.

File name: 07_01_000011

Title: Books are weapons in the war of ideas

Creator/Contributor: Broder, S. (artist); United States. Office of War Information (sponsor)

Created/Published: U.S. Government Printing Office

Date issued: 1942

Physical description: 1 print (poster) : color

Summary: Poster of Nazis burning books, with quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt on a large book in the background: “Books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can put thought in a concentration camp forever. No man and no force can take from the world the books that embody man’s eternal fight against tyranny. In this war, we know, books are weapons.” Poster produced by the United States Office of War Information (OWI) for distribution to libraries and book stores.

Genre: War posters

Subjects: Books; Propaganda; Book burning

Notes: U.S. Government Printing Office : 1942—O-487131; OWI poster no. 7; For additional copies write Division of Public Inquiry, Office of War Information, Washington, D. C. Specify O.W.I. No. 7

Location: Boston Public Library, Print Department

Rights: Rights status not evaluated