Some ways knowledge can be seen in our landscapes of understanding

Text and drawings by Frits Ahlefeldt

Knowledge is one of the huge philosophical subjects, finding out not only what truth is, but also what reality is and how we create, view and build knowledge is something most universities has been debating for thousand of years.  We both have places, houses, books and creatures of knowledge.  Knowledge can be intellectual, artistic, practical or absolutely useless, depending on who you ask.  And when I ask many describe knowledge in ways that can be drawn up and that will define the logic of it. Here are some examples:

Knowledge as books

Books are the great symbol of knowledge, those that knew the books were often seen as the most important, they know the rules and can keep track and share their understandings by scripting endless long lines of small letters, for others to follow. Book people often consider others less important and less wise. Following and putting everything into words has been the thing for a lot of high status individuals from judges, to priests, book-keepers, scientists, journalists and politicians all around the world

Book with a sprout as title and green leaves coming out

Practice vs. theory

Knowledge as high-points, towers and strong-holds

In the landscapes knowledge is often described as a strong foundation for reality, something that can stop reality from drifting around like we do in our dreams.  Knowledge and truth is what we work hard to build on, claiming that others do less so, building their knowledge whimsy rumors and prejudice, blowing in the wind with the latest trends instead.

books making up a tower with a guy looking up and one looking down

Tower of knowledge

Knowledge as paths

When enough people walk the same way long enough they will wear a path into the landscape. Habits, cultures and traditions can be seen as such paths, that helps define who we are. Following the tradition, we say, as if it was a way-marked path. And in this way paths can be seen as established knowledge. When young people stands to pick a career and build knowledge in a special field it is often said that they need to “pick their path in life” Knowledge can in this way be seen as a path that creates ones identity, while we walk the chosen path.

Hiker with pencil in front of blank paper

Writing up reality

Knowledge as growth or investments

People also describe knowledge as growth, something you grow or put resources into, to gain some benefits from it. The educational system is today using this image more and more. We all need to invest in growing our knowledge – especially kids and young people need to invest this way and grow up strong, so they can ripe the fruits of their investments later in life.

man saying the old days where better to his evolution chain

Knowledge from experience

Drawings collection about ways to understand and see knowledge