Posted at 11.15.2018
"All he recognized was that he recognized nothing - and it stressed him" (70). Socrates' once proclaimed that he himself possessed hardly any knowledge. The statement is ironic and yet it became the building blocks for Socrates' and, in fact, the philosopher's pursuit for wisdom. In truth, Socrates performed know something, that is certainly he knew hardly any. For him, it had not been what sort of person is aware of; that's merely knowledge. Instead, wisdom is the realization of how much one still doesn't know; it's the realization of the range of your respective own ignorance. Socrates' interpretation of wisdom is one of the essential first steps on the path to philosophical understanding; doubt was what made him make inquiries and contemplate to accomplish a fuller knowledge of the truth.
Human knowledge has speedily advanced during past centuries yet you may still find questions still left unanswered. As time passes, a great multitude of individuals have assumed they have found so this means and wisdom, however in reality they have got simply accepted norms and knowledge handed down to them by world itself. Human intelligence has been dangerously close to stagnation and it would be a tragedy if one would stop to ponder the questions of life due to the perceive idea that the questions of life have been clarified. Yes, research has presented the theorems to explain the operations of life and the inanimate, on the other side theology has illuminated the road with many parables, and nevertheless they cannot be accepted as the one truth, one must still question beyond the explanations, beyond the parables - the true characteristics of Socratic intelligence lies in the never-ending quest for truth.
Socrates himself was troubled that "he knew so little" (69), and that became the drive to learn and understand more not to surrender or blindly submit to other ideas. Socrates questioned many people thought to be wise, and time upon time, he found out the fallacies in their reasoning, thus exposing their true insufficient understanding. Socrates motivated that the only real reason he was wiser than anyone else was because, unlike all the other "good" people he questioned, he didn't lay promise to knowledge he didn't actually hold. He accepted his ignorance as the rest didn't; therefore, he assumed the road to wisdom by attaining the process to accomplish it not necessarily having all the answers on earth. In retrospect mankind has lost the drive to simply accept its true lack of knowledge and has failed to rise above the uncertainties and follow the truth.
For centuries science and theology have fulfilled the essential needs of the human curiosity yet man himself has converted a blind eyes to inquire beyond the explanations of theorems, beyond the historical scrolls of holy literature and most significantly beyond one's own interest. The sense of satisfaction has been one of man's defects; mankind is becoming comfortable in its place in knowledge and has slowed his desire for the reality. Like Socrates shouldn't mankind be stressed for knowing so little and at exactly the same time overlook the quest for true intelligence?
The beginning of intelligence and true knowledge is to confess ignorance. Humanity's tenacious way of obsessing with knowledge that they thought they know, has led them into pondering they have mastered every field, when in reality, the most knowledge that someone got attained was usually only in one thing, few things, or no true knowledge about one's place in the world, and of the real interpretation of life.