posted on Sep, 12 2002 @ 11:32 PM
This man's work is amazing. He was far from knowing everything there is to know in life, but he truly set down the rules for finding one's self.
After being gone for quite some time from these boards, I have come back to realize that I was looking for answers from outside sources, other
people's opinions, and basically any information that sparked my imagination while my blinders were on.
I've come to notice that people aren't stupid because they don't try (although most people are lazy), yet they are stupid because they don't know
how to learn anything for themselves. Blind following and blind faith are truly evil qualities. A piece of myself that was always missing was my
ability to understand 'why' I learned and felt the ways that I had. Now that I have been given the chance to find these things (and still finding
them), I have come to notice the whole world open up a little bit more.
Socrates introduces multiple analogies about steps that people need to take in order to learn and/or teach. One of these analogies is the "electric
eel." The shock of the eel is representative of discovering that one knows "nothing." All we know is what others tell us, other people's work,
and information that appeases us.
A professor recently asked me, "Is the Earth round?" Of course, the answer was yes. Then he asked, "Can you prove it?" There was nothing I
could give him, nothing that wouldn't be hear-say, and nothing that could even 'imply' that I knew the Earth was round (completely round). The
point is not to set out on a journey to travel and document the entire planet as being round, yet the understanding that one must have dramatic,
undeniable proof to show that one actually has "knowledge" of anything.
The problems with education stem directly from the lack of self-knowledge, not to mention the lack of true worldly knowledge. Society seems even more
barbaric when you realize the futility of converting a people, bread on power and compliance, to become rational truth seekers.
This does not necessarily have to be thrown at religion. I believe the quote, "you do not choose what you believe, yet what you believe chooses
you." At the same time, belief is a necessary condition for seeking the truth, just so long as you don't blindly have that belief. Socrates was
truly a wise man in realizing these things.
So in closing, "it's not about having the knowledge, but about having the ability to find the real 'knowledge' for yourself and of yourself."
Just something to think about,
[Edited on 13-9-2002 by Protector]