“You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.”
Themistoclea, the sacred priestess at Delphi, and mentor of the renowned Pythagoras, did not hoard knowledge. Zeno of Elea, famous for his mind-bending paradoxes, did not hoard knowledge. Diotima of Mantinea willingly shared her ideas on Platonic love while Arete of Cyrene wrote 40 books during her 35 years of teaching the next generation of philosophers.
We live in the age of information, where technology allows us to connect with others on the other side of the globe in a matter of seconds. Yet, there is a ubiquitous fear that if we share knowledge we may be at a disadvantage. Within a highly competitive job market, dispensing shards of knowledge on a “need to know basis” is not uncommon.
Great thinkers share knowledge, without fear that their personal power will be eroded. Joseph L. Badaracco, a professor of Business Ethics at Harvard Business School, suggest that “In today’s environment, hoarding knowledge ultimately erodes your power. If you know something very important, the way to get power is by actually sharing it.”
Thank you to my friends in the blogging community for sharing your knowledge, your creativity and your enthusiasm. Our power is growing exponentially.
“Knowledge is power. Information is power. The secreting or hoarding of knowledge or information may be an act of tyranny camouflaged as humility.”
Robin Morgan, an American Poet, Author, Political Theorist and Activist