Knowledge in itself is futile. We may read every known philosophy book, learnt all the intricacies of the relation between the soul, ego, intellect and the mind. We may be well versed in psychology. We could be adept in different theories from Freud, Jung to Gestalt. We may learn about the importance of containing anger, hatred and envy. We may read about the merits of kindness and humility. But when push comes to shove our mind just goes back to its wanton ways.
How often do we hear of spiritual gurus involved in a scandal? I am sure psychiatrist themselves must occasionally suffer from mental lows. In fact the epics like Mahabharata also quote several examples of exalted sages who succumb to attractions of flesh and desire.
Knowledge by itself is useless unless it is internalized. While knowledge is useful in analyzing situation as an afterthought, it rarely comes to aid when one needs it most. Knowledge takes a backseat to our deepest desires and wishes which lay buried inside us. To some extent our responses are also partly due to centuries of programming and conditioning of the human race.
If we really want to take advantage of knowledge, then we have to consciously assimilate everything that we have learnt. We have to adopt the values that we learn and consciously internalize them day in and day out. It is a lifelong process in which we consciously re-wire the circuits in our brains and mind to behave in a certain way.
We have to consciously understand the inbuilt reasoning that goes beyond any philosophy or faith. We have to practice the values that we learn consciously and constantly.
Practice is not just limited to any new skill like swimming or music. Practice is also necessary for observing and maintaining true north principles.
If we do not consciously practice to internalize values that we learn knowledge will be like layers of cosmetic that can provide some temporary beauty. Such type of knowledge is only skin deep and will disappear.
True learning is learning that can withstand the test of time and any situation.