Element Thought ↔ Knowledge

that which one holds to be true

The Knowledge characteristic urges a character to rely on what is held to be true. The character representing Knowledge will tap the resources of its information to find parallels and understanding that he can apply to the issue at hand. The advantage of Knowledge is that one need not learn what is already known, thereby skipping non-essential re-evaluations and getting a head start with solving a problem. The difficulty is that Knowledge can be wrong. Without re-evaluation dogma sets in -- rigor mortis of thought, leading to inflexibility and closed mindedness because the character believes no re-consideration is needed since the subject is already "known."

syn. learnedness, held truths, authoritative certainty, generally agreed upon truths