In the beginning of Genesis, we see Adam and Eve disregarding what they already knew in the pursuit of more knowledge. While knowledge is not a bad thing, knowledge without character can lead to things like bad decisions or a poor work ethic.
As children learn and grow, parents would be wise to help them develop character alongside knowledge. Then, as kids grow older, they will be equipped with both knowledge and the ability to use it wisely.
How Having Knowledge Without Character Affects Some Young People Today
I have recognized an unfortunate pattern developing in the past 10 years or so. I don’t think this pattern will change much unless we have some kind of great parenting revival. It is so easy to access information today. Because of this, kids know a whole lot of information about a whole lot of things. Unfortunately, they have all this knowledge without a strong foundation in character or wisdom.
As these kids transition into the workforce, they may have a knowledge of the job, but they can sometimes lack the moral strength to be diligent, kind, truthful, prompt, and unselfish as they work. If employees lack these character traits, customers may decide to take their business to a different company. Beyond thinking about how a lot of knowledge with a little character affects the job prospects of young people, we should also consider the spiritual implications. Remember the words of Christ in Mark 8, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”
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