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Socratic Ignorance

The majority of men in every generation, even those who, as it is described, devote themselves to thinking (dons and the like), live and die under the impression that life is simply a matter of understanding more and more, and if it were granted to them to live longer, that life would continue to be one long continuous growth in understanding. How many of them ever experience the maturity of discovering that there comes a critical moment where everything is reversed, after which the point becomes to understand more and more that there is something which cannot be understood. That is Socratic ignorance, and that is what the philosophy of our times requires as a corrective…It is quite literally true that the law is: increasing profundity is understanding more and more that one cannot understand. And there once again comes in “being like a child,” but raised to the second power. — Soren Kierkegaard

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  1. Jonathan Webb says

    If a Blogger blogs and no one reads it, does he really blog? I am in a Socratic dialogue with myself alone. A midwife only to myself. The occasion only for my own truth. Only to myself am I not a reason for gratitude
    for having occasioned the truth.

  2. Jonathan Potter says

    In the beginning was the Blog and the Blog was with God and the Blog was God. He was in the Beginning with God.

  3. In the present age we have more sources of information than ever and never has there been less information worth knowing. We can communicate with each other more efficiently than ever, never have there been so many with so little to say. True ignorance, Socratic or otherwise, would be a revelation. That’s why the next great prophet will be a Nascar Hillbilly, inbred, playing banjo on the porch and married to his sister.

  4. Insert porn here.

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