The Limits of Knowledge

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SYSEM Midterm Paper
The Limits of Knowledge

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” -Albert Einstein

As of the first breath of life which was bestowed by God on Adam, a thirst for knowledge was born within the human soul. This thirst made it essential for the human mind to seek knowledge constantly and discover new things and find answers to anything perceived as strange or bizarre; when, why, how? We want to know everything. And it has been a great journey for mankind in the field of knowledge and discovery; the achievements that humanity managed to accomplish in the different fields of knowledge are outstanding. Our thirst for knowledge is what kept and still keeps us moving forward, and it is what separates us from our ancestors and makes the modern life different than the ancient one; without it we wouldn’t have the simple and easy life we have today.

However, while trying to achieve happiness throughout knowledge, some men went too far, and despite that there is a huge number of fields in which one can seek knowledge, forbidden knowledge have always been attractive for some. The secrets of life and death stand as the most tempting, and in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein we see how the thirst of knowledge turns out to be fatal. Many men tried to place themselves as the people who know the secrets of life, but what they failed to realize is that some things aren’t meant to be dealt with or even discussed, and they are better off not knowing and not trying to know. “Learn from me, if not by my percepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.” –Frankenstein (62)

One cannot find a better example for this forbidden kind knowledge than the knowledge of the secrets of life and death. In Mary Wollstonecraft...
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