14 thoughts on “A David Bohm quote

  1. Yes, you can have all the knowledge in the world, but if you only see things a certain way, then it doesn’t do you much good!

    A prime example is Sheldon, on the ‘Big Bang Theory,’ who is very much a concrete thinker. I like the term, book smart but brain dead, for those who know a lot but don’t really know how the world operates. It isn’t meant to be insulting; just pointing out that you can have all the knowledge in the world and still have no idea on how to function in it!

    My parents were very much concrete thinkers who tried to raise me the same way, but I was smart enough to know what they were preaching didn’t make sense. The only way my siblings and I survived was to think outside the box that they tried putting us in.

    It’s no wonder all of us have fought losing battles against our demons, since surviving is a lot different from really living. I didn’t really get it until watching that show and it made sense that there were a lot of things I didn’t know how to do because no one ever really showed me.

    I made far too many bad choices working with the limited knowledge I had about life skills. The hardest part now is to let go of the rage I have carried all my life about what could have been. I find it very hard to accept what my parents did and be able to forgive them, but it doesn’t mean I have to forget as much as I would like to at times!

    I’m sure old age will do that soon enough, where I won’t even remember my own name, let alone the horrid past. I have always seen things differently than most, so I should be grateful it helped me to survive till today.

    Now I just have to make the best of what time I do have left!

    1. Thanks Randy. Yes we do what we can. This quote is absolutely spot on.

      I’m not sure what I would have achieved had I not had Cerebral Palsy and my own issues growing up, but as you rightly point out we can have knowledge and not be worldly. I’d rather by worldly, because that way you get to live rather than just exist.

      I don’t believe we ever forget our upbringing, but think it important we find understanding. That way we get to make informed choices on our difficult experiences. Our perceptions help with that.

      I still equate being worldly with knowledge, but it’s a different kind. It’s not book smart, qualifications book smart, but it’s the kind that brings with it new understandings.

      What’s the point of having so much knowledge, being book smart if you can’t use it and put it to good use? I know Sheldon Cooper on ‘The Big Bank Theory’ is only a fictional character, but I know someone who is exactly like that.

      His life unfortunately has been far from easy and still struggles today. That said, we can work to change the way we see and do things, but we must come to recognise that we need to change.

  2. Yes, I agree thinking differently, whether it’s positive or negative is essential to our health… and I agree it’s more important than the knowledge gained.

  3. I agree with Randy! The ones I have met, including myself with disabilities see the world differently; dispute how they were raised and taught.

    It’s by far frustrating and at some times rewarding. We’re forced to learn with different perspectives in this chaotic world and society.

    1. I would include myself in your scenario and agree with you. I believe that once we get to grips and find an understanding, our lives can be rewarding, but it’s always hard working these things through, particularly when we’re relying on other people to help us.

      As you so eloquently have put in your response, what we have to go through to come through the other side can be frustrating and rewarding too; but unfortunately for us the frustrations will always come first.

  4. Most definitely. I believe it’s human nature for the frustrations to come first, especially since we’re so easily misunderstood and often times judged.

    I know I have. But if we can teach and SHOW people the gifts we can give and teach that, I think it’s a lot more rewarding and worth going through the frustrations.

    You’re definitely teaching the world with this website.

    1. Awww thanks Bonnie. You’re absolutely right. From my own experience, it’s usually our issues that are responsible for our frustrations. It’s those issues that hold us back.

      Once we manage to deal with our issues, we are usually emotionally free to help other people and show them what we know.

  5. I found out a lot of people that we rely on to help us are the ones that usually offer their opinions as if they deal with brain damage and physical ailments but don’t.

    They definitely don’t know what they’re talking about, because they’ve never experienced what we experience daily.

    1. Thanks Bonnie. I suppose in a way they’re only trying to help, but where they’re trying to help, they’re actually becoming more judgmental because they think they know what we’re dealing with.

      Although that is often the case and I’ve also had those experiences, I think it helpful if we could try to understand the sentiments behind the words.

      If someone comes across as dictatorial, we’re less likely to listen to what they have to say, but if that someone tells us what they think they know about what we deal with and shows concern for us, in a way that somehow becomes slightly more acceptable.

      I believe it really does depend on the person and the history behind the relationship.

  6. I think people would aspire to be more humane if they perceived things from an ethical prospective, instead of relying on fragmented knowledge from political based institutions.

    We are pretty much the sum total of our knowledge, so critical thinking and perceiving things differently is crucially important.

  7. Thanks Tim. Unfortunately the brain is too regimented. We know what we know and we do very little to challenge what we know.

    Our ideologies are based on other people’s belief as you say and until we begin to think things through for ourselves, so we make our own interpretations, I’m not sure how much will change.

    I believe our critical thinking and perceptions are the most important, because without changing either of those, our lives and the way we get to live our lives will never change.

  8. Knowledge in itself is of little use, whereas putting that knowledge to use is key, especially if the acquisition of that knowledge enable our growth and development and a different thinking.

    1. Yes, I agree. Absolutely! I know someone who is very knowledgeable, but has never learned how to apply what he knows into the real world and therefore what he knows is of no use, for want of a better phrase.

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