Why Is the Fear of the Lord the Beginning of Knowledge?

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” -King Solomon (Proverbs 1:7, NKJV)

What is the most important component in our acquisition of knowledge? Many would say “desire” (as in the desire to learn) or “commitment” (as in commitment to education), but the biblical book of Proverbs says something quite remarkable.