Expanding Your Knowledge And Understanding

The foundation for creativity is knowledge. The prophet lamented, “my people perish for lack of knowledge!” You cannot create if you are ignorant. The all-powerful Almighty Creator (Omnificent God) is also the all-knowing Omniscient God. There is a connection between your level of understanding and your capacity for creativity and production. You must develop your spiritual gifts and creative abilities if you want to fulfill your calling. To do so, you must deepen your understanding. You should be able to explain the mighty works you want to do in a simple six page document.

According to Mortimer Adler, “the person who says he knows what he thinks but cannot express it usually does not know what he thinks.” As a result, we can conclude that the ultimate test of comprehension is your ability to explain your thinking and thought process about a subject. Seeking to expand your knowledge and understanding extends beyond simply reading books and remembering enough of what you read to pass any test or examination. You must be able to explain your knowledge and apply it in a variety of situations. We all too often fall into the trap of believing we understand something simply because we know what it’s called.

Richard Feynman explained the difference between knowing a name and understanding how something works, “See that bird? It’s a brown-throated thrush, but in Germany it’s called a halzenfugel, and in Chinese they call it a chung ling, and even if you know all those names for it, you still know nothing about the bird. You only know something about people: what they call the bird. Now that thrush sings, and teaches its young to fly, and flies so many miles away during the summer across the country, and nobody knows how it finds its way.” If you cannot explain yourself to a kid, you don’t know what you’re doing.

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