Not sure whether this would count as morality or spirituality, but as there is a moral aspect I suppose this forum is perhaps better!
I’ve always been quite curious/inquisitive about things, reading up on various subjects. I’m nearing the end of a New Testament course with a catholic higher education institution, which also runs a postgrad course on spirituality. This spirituality course sounds very interesting and I’m quite interested in trying it.
My main reservation is: I’ve been told, by various sources, that there is a moral dimension to gaining knowledge. That it’s possible to have a desire for knowledge that takes someone into the sin of pride. This can particularly be the case when someone is seeking knowledge purely for their own personal benefit, without the possibility that this knowledge can be used for the benefit of other people. So in this case, it would be preferable to study this extra course only if there was a clear benefit to other people from the knowledge I would gain on the course. At the moment it sems to me that the only person who would benefit from this would be me.
Would it be right to say there is a moral aspect to this? That I should consider the potential benefit (or lack of obvious benefit) to other people into acount when deciding to do this course? And perhaps decide against if I think I’m doing it for purely selfish reasons?