Does knowledge make us arrogant? I just attended a workshop for students applying to a professional school presented by a University. The presenters were established professors, administrators, and current students. These people had the difficult task of determining out of thousands of applicant each year, which would become accepted into this prestigious school. In my opinion many of these presenters came across as arrogant. They did not say that their occupation was superior to others, but their comments and answers led one to believe that they were special and deserved recognition. But in their defense, each year they determine the future of each applicant based on a limited amount of information. People that have such important jobs that determine the future of others have to walk a fine line in not becoming arrogant.
The same questions can be asked about religious people. Are religious people arrogant because they feel they know God’s teachings? What do the religious think about people that go against their teaching? Do they treat them differently?
I think when we sometime begin to think we are superior because of more knowledge, we should ask ourselves would religious leaders like Jesus, Buddha, Gandhi, and Oyasama think that they were more superior because of their vast worldly knowledge. The answer is a definite no. Each would say that no one is more superior in the eyes of God.
Many attain knowledge that enhance their lives, others attain knowledge but gain no joy, some have no knowledge, but live happy lives; and others acquire no knowledge and live unhappy lives. In conclusion, having knowledge may be a blessing, but boasting of having knowledge may be an evil. Have no arrogance!