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Wisdom, knowledge, and prudence

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I was taken aback by a statement I heard this past week. To paraphrase it somewhat, students entering college in the fall of 2016, graduating with honors in 2020, in any field they wish to participate in as a career for life, will already be so far behind the technology supporting that field of work, they may as well enter college again as a freshman and start over. This intrigued me to further investigation of the subject. My lack of a college education has become enlightened through the Internet over the past 15 years and my meager study of technological growth this past week has not only confirmed my position in cyberspace as dismal, but with no hope of ever catching up.

An article published by Ryan Barton, January 2013, Technology’s Explosion: The exponential growth rate, says this:

“Technology is innovating and expanding at an exponential rate. It’s difficult to grasp how dramatic is the growth of 2x2x2x2.

“There is an ancient Persian tale of the inventor of the game of chess. When the ruler of the land was presented with the chessboard he was so pleased, he offered a gift. Upon reflection the inventor asked for rice. He placed a single grain of rice on the first corner square and his request was simple: he asked that the rice double for each remaining square. The emperor readily agreed, believing he had gotten off easy. The net result? For the final square alone, the king owed 2 to the 64th power, or 18,446,744,709,551,616 grains of rice. The entire country’s wealth was forfeit to keep the promise.

“Those familiar with technology often refer to ‘Moore’s Law’ -- so named for the Intel co-founder Gordon Moore who postulated it in 1965. He predicted that transistors on processors (used for processing power) would double every two years. Many predicted that this would be a short-term law and could not continue for long. Yet nearly 50 years later, it is continuing. What do the next 50 years hold? One can only imagine. Technology’s exponential growth rate means we are now accomplishing in one year what took centuries in ancient history. The degree of innovation that is occurring -- even at this moment as you read this article -- is truly staggering.” (Mind-boggling)

[Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 8] “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” “Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? ... To you, oh men, I call out I raise my voice to all mankind. You who are simple, gain prudence, you who are foolish, gain understanding. ... I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. ... The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old ...” I think Paul Harvey was on to something long before most people when he coined the phrase that went something like this: “There are many people today who are educated well beyond their intelligence.”

Our educated brains are full of technological jargon, which we put to use for personal gain every waking moment of our life. Why is the world falling into chaos? Mankind has sacrificed his knowledge of life to worship himself and his accomplishments. Folks are becoming fools, lacking prudence (common sense) in favor of being socialized. God is being pushed aside for the advancement of the technological electricity god who could totally fail at any time. I think wisdom, knowledge, and prudence are priorities for a righteous-full, successful life.

Thomas W. Bonham is an associate minister with the Floresville Church of Christ. Email him at Find his column on his blog at

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