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4,044 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 5 years ago by emitchell

Is it a waste to learn anything that you don't need to know and won't help you make money?


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5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 3/29/14 - 7:20:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Define "Don't need to know".

Does "I find it interesting" qualify as a need to know?
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 3/29/14 - 10:24:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 3/29/14 - 7:20:59 PM Wanderer wrote:
Define "Don't need to know". Does "I find it interesting" qualify as a need to know?


Does that count? Should it, why or why not?
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 3/30/14 - 5:54:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
nah, it's good to learn about many things. you might need it in the future.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 4/2/14 - 6:03:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. Some things are just fun to know, even if you won't use them in the future.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 4/4/14 - 3:16:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
I kind of feel like any knowledge could potentially help you make money since anything can potentially provide a basis for conversation and networking that might lead to a job...even if its in a field completely unrelated to what you were talking about.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 4/4/14 - 3:29:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
I strongly believe that knowledge holds an inherent value and does not have to be instrumental in an obvious way. The pursuit of knowledge is defining for our species and, as a foundation of understanding, brought us here.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 4/4/14 - 1:55:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'd answer the question, but I really don't think that you need to know...
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 4/4/14 - 2:53:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
Music would be one example. If you're not in a music-related industry, it doesn't make you money and you don't need it. Most people still find it enjoyable and choose to know it anyway.

Hobbies qualify, too.

As long as learning these things doesn't interfere w/ learning the things you really need, I think this is a pretty easy "No."
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 4/4/14 - 3:17:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, not at all!

I know this one guy right now, right? He did all the right things, learned all that boring stuff that would supposedly set him straight for life financially. And it worked for a little while, but then guess wat? This economy happened.

Meanwhile, I have never owned anything, even my own car. But I still get the benefit and comfort of having studied exactly what I wanted to study.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 4/4/14 - 4:22:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 4/4/14 - 3:29:43 AM Matthias wrote:
I strongly believe that knowledge holds an inherent value


I don't know about inherent value, but I certainly think that a lot value is assigned to it (and the pursuit of it) by people and in our culture, and that we have an inherent desire to feel like our time is spent doing valuable things. I don't think anyone necessarily should feel like they have to seek out knowledge if they don't see it as worthwhile though, any more than I think someone should feel like they have to seek out more money if they're satisfied with what they have.

In practical terms though, even if more knowledge is a good thing, it doesn't mean pursuing some degree of it it is necessarily the best thing to do at a given time at the expense of other things you could be doing.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 4/8/14 - 1:58:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's never a waste to learn anything! Even if it doesn't make you money, it's one more thing you've learnt about the world and maybe how something works. You never know when something could come in handy. Seemingly random facts and skills have benefited me in my life.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 4/8/14 - 2:16:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 4/4/14 - 2:53:58 PM IRLIteach wrote:
Music would be one example. If you're not in a music-related industry, it doesn't make you money and you don't need it.


Bartending is not a music-related industry, but I could see how a bartender could make more tips by having knowledge related to music as a patron might leave a better tip if they get engaged in a conversation about music and appreciate the bartenders input.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 4/8/14 - 2:18:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
In fact, I would say that having music-related knowledge might make it easier to make friends and meet people...and making money is more about who you know than what you know.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 4/8/14 - 2:23:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not sure that I'd buy the idea that networking with musically orientated people is the path to wealth, but I can see where the ability to converse somewhat intelligently on a wide variety of topics can help with networking...


5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 4/8/14 - 3:22:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
Depends, are you paying to know it?
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 4/8/14 - 11:34:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
So Crates said, the only thing you need to know is that you know nothing.

I'd say it's a little more complex than that. It you only learned what you needed to know, how would you recognize what you shouldn't need to learn?
How would knowledge advance?
What would you do in your leisure time?
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 4/9/14 - 5:43:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
No I consider the acquirement of knowledge as the purpose of life



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