10-A “Knowledge Will not Apply Itself”
Pretty interesting concept. Let’s define our terms: Definition of knowledge. 1 a (1) : the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association -Merriam Webster Dictionary.
Haanel claims it won’t apply itself but it seems, by definition, it already has since we cannot gain it except through experience or association.
Here’s a handy way of thinking about knowledge. We are in command of information when we ‘act knowingly.’ So if I claim to ‘know’ how to throw a boomerang but I fail in my attempt to demonstrate that skill, then by the ‘act knowingly’ definition, I do not have that knowledge. I may have an idea or the information about how to do it. Different deal than acting on it.
I realize that this may appear to be splitting hairs but let’s consider that Haanel presents us with information that makes sense to us when we measure it against our experience. “The law is that Thought is an active form of dynamic energy which has the power to correlate with its object and bring it out of the invisible substance from which all things are created into the visible or objective world.”10.11.
That is some terrific information and until, and unless, I apply that in my life, it does not become knowledge. That’s where the Law of Growth comes in: Whatever we think about grows. What we forget atrophies.
As I prove to myself that thought is an active form of dynamic energy it becomes my knowledge. As I apply this information in my life, no one can take it away from me. It has become my truth.