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    Jason ZhuXiang

    Since economical globalization became a common situation, people tend to define worthwhile knowledge through the economic value it creates, the search for knowledge gradually turns to the search for wealth.
    In fact, it is too parochialism to understand the worthwhile knowledge, even though some knowledge has the high potential to make more income such as economics, finance, IT, or even computer programmes, but knowledge like education, history, and literature are also important as the human civilization.

    To find the most valuable knowledge, it depends on the person rather than the knowledge. Educational philosophers believe that finding the meaning of education is the most important, so for them, education is the most valuable knowledge. Painters spend their whole lives searching for the most standard colour, and for them, colour is the most valuable knowledge. 1+1=2 is an entirely different value in the eyes of mathematicians and painters. It can be seen that the value of knowledge is determined by interests and people’s subjects.

    In conclusion, it is better for people to pursue their own interests than to pursue the value of knowledge. When you are interested in the field, all knowledge will be worthwhile.


    Acquiring knowledge is obtained in the process of learning; a person’s knowledge will continue to accumulate throughout his or her lifetime. The way to define the most worthwhile knowledge is relatively subjective to a person’s value. For instance, an astronaut would consider the knowledge of operating and spacecraft the most valuable assets in life. For a housewife, on the other hand, knowing how to educate the younger generation and providing nutritional balance for the family would be the most worthwhile knowledge for her. Hence, the definition of the most worthwhile knowledge varies accordingly to a person’s role in life. Despite of the differences between these definitions, they would always reflect on what people perceive to be the most valuable thing in their lives. This value comes from a person’s dedication in doing what he or she is compassionate about. The achievement will bring the value to the person after the person devotes time and energy. Astronauts complete voyage successfully; housewife keeps the kids safe and healthy. People acquire knowledge by complete their duty or the area that they are enthusiastic about, which is the most valuable knowledge.

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