Knowledge is power whether the power which knowledge gives be used for good or for evil. For example, by the medical knowledge, the doctors can cure diseases and save his patients life. But at the same time, the black mailer by his knowledge of some guilty secrets can bleed his victim white under the threat of disclosure. in general the man who knows has an advantage over the man who doesn't knows. In this way, the educated classes have always been able to rule over the ignorant.
During the middle ages in Europe, the only educated men were the priests. Great barons, brave knights, kings and ruling princes very often could not even read and write. Kings had to appoint priests as their ministers.
In Europe and America, today education is so wide spread that even the domestics and the working classes are educated people. As they have advanced in knowledge the common people have advanced in power. So in the great democracies the people now rule them selves and are no longer under the domination of priests and kings. Physically, man is a comparatively weak animal.
- Power always corrupts.
- Patience and gentleness speak of power.
- Knowledge is no burden.
- Knowledge is silent, ignorance is talkative.