We are at present living through a powerful manifestation of the consequences of Knowledge applied without Compassion. I'm referring to the Global Financial Crisis.
Here we see those that had a deep insight into the workings of the convoluted nature of abstract financing, acting out of greed and the desire for personal gain, disregarding the consequences for those who's money and lives they were playing with. Consequently the level of suffering of many people, including many of those that perpetrated this financial assault, has increased immensely.
Has happiness increased?
Has knowledge of our reality increased?
Yes, but in a way that drives many of us to attempt to improve the situation.
So the pursuit of Happiness in this circumstance will lead some to improve their behaviour as a result of trying to minimize their suffering.
Contrast this with the people with similar Knowledge, who, rather than use their Knowledge for gain regardless of the suffering inflicted, use their expertise with Compassion to establish micro loans for the poor.
Not only does this lessen the suffering of those receiving the loans, who by the way have a great record of repayment etc., but the providers of the money are able to gain an equitable and secure return on their money, and as a bonus are able to increase their own Happiness through the Knowledge that their actions have improved the lives of many people.
Thus we see that the application of Similar Knowledge with Compassion, works for the good of all involved, whereas the application of that Knowledge with disregard to Compassion creates widespread suffering and the ruination of personal and institutional reputations and loss of wealth.
Choose Happiness Now!!