Originally posted by sonali
please read this one and not the previous!!!!!!!!!!
200 The most elusive knowledge is self-knowledge, and it is usually acquired through solitude, rather than through interaction with others.
What increases the self-knowledge, solitude or interaction? The issue statement asserts that isolation is the key for enhancing self-knowledge. However, in my opinion, knowledge has no boundaries and thus more we interact with others more we get cognizant. Thus, I totally disagree with the issue statement.
One imperative factor for accumulating knowledge is mutual sharing through conversation. Probably anyone would agree that knowledge is increased by sharing among people rather than keeping to us. Through intellectual sharing of information one get aware with new concepts and latest technologies, which would not be acknowledged through solitude. This world consists of people possessing distinct talents and abundant abilities. Indisputably, one cannot acquire all talents or become genius in every field. Therefore, for making ourselves sentient about the abilities that we do not posses, we should develop interaction with the people.
Furthermore, sharing of information through interaction increases our
general awareness as well as we get precious information about other cultures and disciplines. For example, Unites States is a cosmopolitan country, where people from different countries abide. In a work place having a Chinese or Mexican or Indian colleague is quite manifest. A friendly conversation between two colleagues would contribute in enhancing the self-knowledge about different countries as well as different traditions and heritage. This will also develop the healthy relationship among the co-workers.
In contrast, loneliness would result in confining the knowledge rather than increasing. In solitude, the talent that one person possessing would not be revealed to others and vice-versa. Eventually, the lack of mutual co-ordination would result in depreciation of knowledge. For example, knowledge is like flowing water, which is cheerful and incessant. If we try to restrict this flow of knowledge, it becomes stagnant and cheerless.
In sum, the true appreciation of the knowledge is gained through interaction with different people. Solitude might end up in depression and thus would not contribute in increasing the self-knowledge.
Your organization, language, and logic is pretty good. But, what's in the topic is "self-knowledge", not knowledge from books. Self-knowledge means how well a person know about himself, for example, does he have a right view about his own ability, feeling, physical and mental state, what he wants, what he is talented at and be suitable to do as a careers, etc. It's a completely different thing from learning book language or taking some classes. So, from this angle, I think your assay is digressive.