Sharing Knowledge

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“You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.” 
Albert Camus

Knowledge

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

The Philosopher Priestess at Delphi

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“Aristoxenus says that Pythagoras got most of his moral doctrines from the Delphic priestess, Themistoclea.”

Diogenes Laertius, Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers 

Wisdom

Themistoclea was a sacred priestess at Delphi, the site of the revered Delphic oracle, the sanctuary dedicated to the great god, Apollo.  Apollo would speak by way of the sibyl or priestess of the oracle known as the Pythia.  Not everyone could aspire to this lofty position.  Only older women known to have an impeccable, flawless character could apply.

Themistoclea had those qualifications and was recognized for her wisdom.  Her talents as a teacher were recorded by Diogenes Laertius in his comprehensive work, “Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers.” It was written that Pythagoras was introduced to the principles of ethics by none other than our priestess, Themistoclea.  Ethics, the branch of philosophy that classifies, defends and recommends concepts of right and wrong, requires the application of wisdom, honesty and compassion.  It is the education of the spirit as well as the mind.

Pythagoras went on to discover one of the most famous equations of all time, yet we can thank Themistoclea for teaching him discernment.

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” 

 Aristotle