The definition of knowledge may not be the same to everyone. Knowledge is a familiarity of information or skills that one gains through their journey of life whether it is obtained through personal experiences, observations, or education. I possess knowledge of my birthday, age, how to tie my shoes, how to write, how to add and subtract, and how to make friends. Although I may possess knowledge of many things, the amount of information and skills that I do not know will always outnumber what I do know. From a semester in Core, I hope to gain knowledge of different religions and how many aspects of life connect to each other.
Before reading Sagan, I’ve never really contemplated on how much we really know about the universe. This reading has made me realize how little we actually know about the universe we live in. Many parts of the universe may always remain a mystery. Although there are many theories about various subjects, we will never know if they are certain. Sometimes, it may be scary to think of ourselves as a tiny speck in this enormous universe, our role, and how much we really contribute to it. Sagan says that “the universe forces those who live in it to understand it” (“Can We Know the Universe”, par. 10). In my opinion, it is pretty difficult to live in this universe without ever questioning it since humans are innately curious. Since humans are curious by nature, it forces us to ask questions and look for answers and therefore, the universe does force us to understand it. Is it possible to live in a universe without ever questioning it? Will we ever be able to fully understand the universe?