It’s rather intriguing on how mankind has grown into an advanced and developed species that began with simple but new ideas of critical thinking. First we started with rocks as simple tools, then fire, agriculture, cities, and well… you can take it from there. The idea is that new information creates new ideas and new ideas can lead our society to new wealth. Growth in a society is only limited to its imagination. If people believe that there is nothing to learn; therefore, nothing to create then by nature society will remain docile.
However, if society realizes, like an individual who realized that there is plenty of personal growth to be gained by acquiring more knowledge, information would be sought after. As more information is gained new ideas are generated and of course, these new ideas can lead to economic growth and personal freedom. In the end, what they say is true knowledge is power.