Sense and Knowledge
by Shahinur Islam
Sense is greater than knowledge whether it applies to language or life. Why drop other areas? It is also true of all areas. As the knowledge of language takes care of technicalities of language, the knowledge of life does the same; in fact, the thorough knowledge of anything teaches to harness the technicalities perfectly.
However, the sense of language is more significant than the knowledge of language if you wish to use the language as the pottery artists, at will, do with clay, as the veteran players play with their balls, as the poets make new expressions.
And the sense of language usually belongs to the native speakers only. It is almost impossible to acquire the sense in a foreign language where only the knowledge of language works, except for some cases.
Of course, it is unwise to suppose that the sense of language will work equally in all the same native speakers. Almost any knowledge can be taught or transferred like the knowledge of language, but any sense must be acquired like the sense of language. This acquisition depends on various factors like the thoughts, tastes, mental disposition, upbringing, education, emphathyic quality, and adaptation to cultural arena.
The knowledge of life is also like the the knowledge of language. You can teach someone the knowledge of life, but you cannot teach or transfer the sense of life, which is determined by all of the individual’s traits.
In all cases, sense is more important than knowledge as where knowledge bolts the door, there sense opens new windows. However, sense is quickly honed with knowledge. Without knowledge, sense is like a slow moving tortoise, and without sense, knowledge is a speedy rocket, which has only e-motion but emotion.