Knowing vs Understanding

Alex (@hollowinfinity) 9 years, 10 months ago

"Any fool can know-the point is to understand"
What does it mean to know something? Is it just information that can easily be recalled? What is understanding exactly? Using information within any context?
What is the difference between the two.

Personally, I feel like no one knows anything, but a few understand a few things.

March 14, 2012 at 7:44 pm
Mike Wuest (510) (@mikeyw829) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

If you apply love before you know it, you’re just shooting in the dark, and not actually applying love, just your concept of what it is. You’re banking on finding it by doing actions. I’m not saying you don’t understand what love is, I’m just saying the process of how you understand it might be different than you think.

Just like people who apply the word of god to their lives, but never understand or feel what god is. They read the Bible and go to church, and do actions they think god would approve of. Doesn’t mean they undersand what god is, it’s still just merely a mental concept, there’s no real emotion or understanding involved. I’m not saying none of them do, but there are definitely a lot.

And Einstein applied the theory mathematically (which is probably a far cry from his understanding of it) to prove it to other people to make them understand, but he understood it before he applied it mathematically. The concept of relativity had already been applying itself for eternity.

Mike Wuest (510) (@mikeyw829) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Ok I get what you’re saying. Makes sense. But what if the conception of god we are talking about is the same with the conception of love? People who go to church obviously think they know god, just like someone who acts ‘lovingly’ obviously thinks they know what love is. Not necessarily, I say. How can one truly know if they understand love? Is it even possible to understand love? Is love even a real concept? I think it is possible to understand it, but not conceptually. And you won’t find the answer from the words of Jesus or any other teachers like that, or even from experience in and of itself. The answer comes solely from within, and has nothing to do with outside experience.

While experience and words can serve as a catalyst for you to find what love is within yourself, it isn’t love itself. Everything comes down to the intention behind the action, not the action itself. Something that you might perceive as hateful could actually be a loving action depending on the person doing the action. Understanding comes through a raising of self awareness. I know this is preached a lot, but the concept itself won’t get us anywhere. Just like the concept of love or God won’t get us anywhere. I think the understanding of these concepts literally lie outside of word and thought. I could never truly describe these concepts to you, as you could never describe them to me.

corey (1) (@neomerlin13) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

i agree with tine that knowing is awareness. But i see understanding as a means to measure the knowledge of any particular item.

Knowing is the action
understanding is the measurement

FeralOne (37) (@paradoxone) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

@Sea Monkey, but how does the sea monkey know what the baby kangaroo knows?

Anonymous (2,654) (@) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

I am still having troubles with the beliefs of some HEthens. How could you even say that “I know” is the biggest lie and illusion of all? That’s what makes you stupid. The biggest lie is “Don’t be afraid”
Knowing and understanding? As I said many times – hope is for sissies.
To know is to be competent. To understand is to do what you know. To believe is to share. To lie is to tell what you think.

Joe J (0) (@GTpianoman) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

Im glad I just happened upon this site! I am a seeker of enlightenment, and in general, just love figuring out the scarey, exciting journey of existence. So, this site looks like a refuge for such discussion with people who are using their “brain brain” as i like to say.

A discussion such as the one above, that happened over a year ago, if it occurred on most other sites, would be a mind numbing, horrible show of ignorance, and likely fodder for trolls and the like. There is actually some thought out, meaningful talk going on here and that is all too refreshing! Apologies for raising the dead on this post.

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