But there is another explanation for the reticence to search and to understand. Some individuals are perceptive enough to understand that with great knowledge come great responsibilities. Great knowledge in response to the great questions will alter how we view both great and small things, if we are intellectually honest. Therefore, while aversion to searching great knowledge exists because of conceptual inadequacy and also because people are lazy and busy, it likewise exists and persists because some do not want the great responsibilities that come with great knowledge. For some, at least, rejecting or ignoring transcending truths is an act of deliberate avoidance, even running away.
– Neal A. Maxwell, Meek and Lowly (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book, 1987), 37.
Maybe Spiderman had it right.
One can also be afraid of what peers or colleagues will think of us if we live up to such knowledge. So, it is better not to seek it too diligently, for fear they get the wrong idea, or defend it too loudly, lest we lose our seat in the “secular synagogue.”