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What Is Knowledgism?

The first step to knowledge is to know we are ignorant.-- Lord David Cecil.

The Power and Value of Knowledge
The Knowledge Era Is Upon Us
Communism And Capitalism
What Is Knowledgism?
The Knowledgist
Attributes Of A Power Player
The Knowledge Ladder Of Society
Knowledgist Types
The Evolution Of Knowledge -- Its Cause, Effect, And Control



The story goes that Picasso was sitting at a cafe enjoying the summer morning sun, when a lady came up to him and asked him to sketch a portrait of her.

"Oui Madam" he replied, reaching for his drawing book. Within a matter of minutes he had finished the rendition of his subject, and turning the page to show her, scribbled his price for the portrait on a napkin.

She exploded!  "You must be crazy, asking that much!  It took you 3 minutes to draw my portrait!"

"Yes Madam" Picasso replied in a slow drawl, "but it took me 40 years to learn how."

 One Nail

A man had a squeaky floor board in his living room. The squeaking would not stop, No matter what he tried.  He called in many, many carpenters, and they all failed to fix the squeaky floorboard.  Some drilled holes in the floor, others ripped up and replaced  different floor boards;  others tried more obscure and esoteric methods to alleviate the problem - they poured water and burned candles.  But to no avail.  The floor still squeaked whenever he walked across it.

He was reaching the point of accepting that he would just have to live with it, when a friend suggested that he try just one more carpenter.  Not seeing what difference one more try would make, the man called a carpenter that a builder had recommended to him.

The carpenter came in, walked across the room and stopped at a point just short of the far corner.  He stooped over, pulled out a nail, and with one stroke of the hammer that appeared in his hand, drove the nail all the way into the floor.  He walked back to the door without a single noise from the floor.  The owner was amazed!

He was even more amazed when he read the bill that appeared in his hands.

"What?!  $200 for a nail?"

"No" said the carpenter "$1 for the nail. $199 for knowing where to put it"


IGNORANCE: n. The state or condition of ignoring or not knowing.

IGNORE: v. tr. To refuse to perceive or know.


Massive changes are taking place in almost every area of life imaginable. Countries, governments, companies, groups and individuals are rising and falling like ninepins.  Change is at such a rate that it is destabilizing and creating chaos throughout the world, and in our daily lives. Yet, we are seeing astonishing quality in products and production.  Millions are out of work, yet some executives earn multi-million dollar salaries.


Our lives are under constant onslaught by these changes.  Two areas undergoing mind-boggling alteration and sweeping reforms are Communism and Capitalism.  Communism, a social system characterized by the absence of classes and by common ownership of the means of production and subsistence (American Heritage Dictionary), lacked knowledge, discipline and duplication, and tried to use force and subjugation of individuals, groups and nations to accomplish its goals.  Communism ended because it didn't deliver what it promised.  Capitalism, an economic system characterized by freedom of the market with increasing concentration of private and corporate ownership of production and distribution means, proportionate to increasing accumulation and reinvestment of profits (American Heritage Dictionary), also lacked knowledge, discipline and duplication; it believed that money was the basis of motivation.  Capitalism operates on the basic principle that individuals, groups, and nations can be subjugated and controlled for a price.  In the United States alone, Capitalism is four trillion dollars in debt.  Will chaos take the place of Communism and Capitalism?  Or could there be a new form of culture?  It is fairly obvious to me that the next "ism" will be Knowledgism.


Knowledgism is the high-tech, high-touch use of knowledge systems, processes and procedures to optimize economies, societies, areas, subjects, objects, groups, and individuals, and to help their utilization, quality and viability for the greatest good of all. It is based on win-win accomplishment for all, and includes that which is best from past systems. As Knowledgism expands it will cross national boundaries and those of race, color, and creed. A Knowledgist studies, practices and applies knowledge for the greatest good of everyone. Knowledge has become not only the power of today's society, but the basis for survival in the future. In the coming years, the rewards for being knowledgeable will be vast; the penalties for ignorance, severe.

Knowledge and human power are synonymous. -- Francis Bacon (1561-1626)


A Knowledgist, then, is one who strives to maintain high levels of all the attributes created and demanded by knowledge. Knowledgists also are aware of what they know, what they do not know, and even that they know they don't know. They are extremely positive in their actions. Given the attributes needed to maintain a high level of knowledge, a Knowledgist operates on a set of rules altogether different than those of any other type of person. He keeps his knowledge pure. He cannot be forced to pervert his knowledge. He uses his knowledge for betterment only. Unless it is against a few whom are destroying many, he cannot be forced to use his knowledge to harm. He maintains an extremely high level of honesty, for dishonesty is the hiding and obscuring of the exact who, what, where, when, why, how, and mood, and manifests as incompetence, a destruction of knowledge.

A Knowledgist consistently expands and updates his knowledge. A Knowledgist remains true to his dreams and aspirations and will help others be true to theirs. A Knowledgist uses his knowledge to help those around him, both above and below him in position. A Knowledgist would prefer to cease to exist in his position than be forced to dishonor or pervert his principles and knowledge. A Knowledgist is always willing to pay the price of time, effort, money, attention, and power to continue expanding his knowledge. A Knowledgist always seeks to help and teach those around him or connected to him. A Knowledgist seeks to maintain friendship with those who seek knowledge and tries to help those who do not know. He will not invest time with those who wish to prevent knowledge in order to maintain the status quo. A Knowledgist is one who knows he is responsible for obtaining the knowledge necessary to continue expanding his knowledge. A Knowledgist will not blame, abuse, punish, shame, or make others guilty for being ignorant, but will always help them comprehend and put them on a path that allows them to gain knowledge. When life or an area is not moving in an uptrend and he cannot locate the knowledge necessary to resolve the situation, a Knowledgist will seek help from another who is masterful in that area to handle the difficulties and unknowns. A Knowledgist is aware of the areas in which he is subject literate and the areas in which he is ignorant. A Knowledgist will always be the best he can be. The foregoing are basic, universal laws that allow one the willingness and ability to know.

Knowledgists come from all walks of life. There is no discrimination based on color, creed or sex. They can be of any religious group or political belief. A Knowledgist is a true Power Player.


1. Applies intelligence.
2. Pursues only an honest, worthy, big dream.
3. Has the knowledge, discipline, and duplication to maintain and expand his worthy dreams and those of others.
4 Has the ability to take, occupy and maintain a position and take charge.
5. Is a master communicator and uses his communication abilities to direct the flow of force particles in a positive manner.
6. Has abundant, upscale communication channels and contacts.
7. Delivers what he promises.
8. Duplicates, appreciates and acknowledges other's viewpoints, skills, dreams, visions, plans, and wants.
9. Is honest. He trusts and respects himself and creates trust and respect in others.
10. Is a big producer.
11. Those connected to him and his area expand spiritually. They have bigger dreams, visions, plans, skills, and actions, are more prosperous and successful, and are healthier and happier.
12. He operates in a win-win manner.

The above are the attributes needed for success in life.


We all agreed upon, and live in, a structured society that has a very simple ladder:


Those above deal with people, those below deal with things.


This ladder has people who are out of work (the homeless, hospital patients, criminals, convicts, etc.); students (people who are learning work); blue-collar workers (construction, maintenance, sanitation, delivery and distribution, food services, etc.); white-collar workers (clerical and computer operators, technicians, design and drafting, engineers, architects, etc.); supervisors or lower managers, marketers (educators - those who get a product or idea known and agreed with); executives (office managers, vice presidents, etc.); leaders (presidents, executive directors, dictators, emperors, etc.).

This is the Ladder of Society. This ladder deals with two areas: people and things. What do all those in the bottom section deal with? Things. Out-of-work people can't handle things; students study about things; blue-collar workers move and handle things; white-color workers design or manage things. Going to the upper section of the ladder, what do all these deal with? People. Supervisors manage people; salespeople talk to people; executives direct people; leaders lead people. Holding one of these upper-section jobs requires learning about people.


Basically, there are three Knowledgist types, each with four subcategories:

Type One: Knowledgable about people and things.
a. Master b. Journeyman - Practioner c. Apprentice d. Student

Type Two: High-touch people knowledge.
a. Master b. Journeyman - Practioner c. Apprentice. d. Student

Type Three: Technical knowledge - knowledge of things.
a. Master b. Journeyman - Practioner c. Apprentice d. Student


The specific, definite sequence one must go through to attain each Knowledgist type and subcategory is:

1. Mentor in total control of student. (Dictatorship)(Apprenticeship)
2. Mentor maintains near-total control with some help and contribution by student. (Works for)(Internship)
3. Equal control, help and contribution by both mentor and student. (Works with)(Journeyman)
4. Self-determination bestowed upon student by mentor passing control and empowering student to act for himself. (Empowerment of)(Executive)
5. Student originating motion for mentor to do. (Control by)(Leadership)
6. Student originating motion and asking for mentor contribution. (Control delegation)(Co-Executive)
7. Student and mentor agree on a co-motion and do it. (True cooperation and creation of agreement)(Co-Leadership)
8. Either student or mentor in total control, either does what the other wants without reluctance or reactions. (Co-Existence)

Millions of people today are becoming Knowledgists. Knowledgists can't be controlled by force and entrapment. Either may be effective temporarily, but sabotage, hidden resentment, accidents, and things unexplainably going wrong will happen when the above rules are violated. In semi-free societies that try to control by oppressive management techniques, a Knowledgist will tell the offending manager or company to "shove the job" and, taking vast amounts of knowledge with him, will leave. Companies, groups, churches, and even countries that seek to suppress knowledge have witnessed their top people leaving in droves. In an exodus that was called the "brain drain," England saw as many as 200,000 top professional and skilled people leaving yearly from 1949 to 1965. That loss of knowledge and skill has had much to do with England's decline of power until it's a mere shadow of its former might.


A brief excerpt from Alan C. Walter's book "

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