by James Merritt

"Wise Up, or Break Down"
By James Merritt
James 1:5-12


1. I want to give you two different quotes, made by two different men, over a century ago, and you decide who was right. In 1860, the philosopher, Jeremy Bentham, said, "If we can get universal and compulsory education by the end of the century, all our social, political, and moral problems will be solved."[1]

2. Now compare this quote from the Earl of Shaftesbury, who was a strong supporter himself of education, and during a campaign for education, said this: "Education, without instruction in religious and moral principles, will merely result in a race of clever devils."[2]

3. Well I believe, without question, the Earl was right. You educate a man mentally, without educating him morally, and all you will have is a clever devil.

4. If we have learned anything, we have learned that education and knowledge alone not only does not solve problems, it complicates them. We don't have a problem with a shortage of knowledge or information in the world in which we live. According to John Nesbitt, in his best selling book, Megatrends, there are between 6,000 and 7,000 scientific articles written every day. Scientific and technical information now increases 13% per year, which means it doubles every 5 1/2 years. This rate, however, will soon jump to 40% per year because of new and powerful computers, and an increasing population of scientists. That means that we are approaching a day where knowledge is going to double every twenty months. Nesbitt then makes this statement: "We are drowning in information, but starved for knowledge."[3]

5. I know what Nesbitt meant, but I would put it this way. We are drowning in knowledge, but starved for wisdom.

6. We have never had more college graduates and more educated ignorance at the same time. We live in a country of brilliant fools. We have learned to travel faster than sound, but we are going in the wrong ...

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