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What has driven you to seek out certain kinds of knowledge?

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´╗┐What has driven you to seek out certain kinds of knowledge? Sir Francis Bacon?s famous quote, ?Knowledge is power? is one explanation of why we, not just as learners, but human beings, have the desire to seek knowledge. Our innate desire to seek knowledge can be said to be mankind?s method of attaining greater wisdom by answering age-old questions such as the meaning of life. Therefore, the accumulation of knowledge over our lifetime is inevitable. The motives that provide the fuel for mankind?s quest for knowledge widely varies. Personally, the desire for knowledge stems from four different motivations: self-interest, fear, social factors and the pursuit of improving oneself. ...read more.


The next group of influences which motivate us to seek out different strands of knowledge is social factors. These include our family, school, workplace, peers and society in general. Our upbringing has a heavy influence on our personality and character, therefore having an influence on what we decide to learn in school and out of school as well as our interests. For example, children who were sent to learn how to play instruments from an early age would likely have different interests than those who were sent to golf lessons from an early age. Our family?s expectations and limitations also play a role in what we are ?allowed? to do, or what they will accept of us. ...read more.


The desire to know more, grow as individuals and influence change in our internal and external environments is why this is the motivating factor that holds the biggest potential as a driving force to seek out different types of knowledge. Personally, although all of the mentioned factors have influenced me in a large way, social factors and self-improvement have had the greatest impact on me. The ultimate desire for happiness has led me to learn different instruments, listen to a wide variety of music and attempt to give back to the community. I believe that the pursuit of knowledge will ultimately guide mankind to the path of worldwide happiness. For myself, as a knower, the desire to seek out certain types of knowledge has been driven by the pursuit of happiness. Word Count: 588 ...read more.

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