What is true wisdom?

“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.⁣”

If you ask yourself, “do I know what I don’t know?”, it will reveal a whole new world of knowledge to you. Being cognizant of this rudimentary concept is vital in the process of learning. Only by acknowledging that which we do not know can we search out and educate ourselves on the unknown. Moreover, it is accepting that it is ok to admit that you may not know all that you would like or need to know.

Moreover, it is also interesting to know that during Socrates’s life, the Oracle of Delphi proclaimed him the wisest of all people. Socrates, regularly declaring absolute ignorance as he did, could not agree. He therefore set out on a quest to find someone wiser to prove the Oracle wrong.

Socrates approached influential Athenians considered wise by the people of the day — statesmen, poets, and teachers. He conversed with these individuals using what is now known as the Socratic method, a form of cooperative dialogue that uses incisive questioning to stimulate critical thinking and draw out presuppositions.

“For my part, as I went away, I reasoned with regard to myself: I am wiser than this human being. For probably neither of us knows anything noble and good, but he supposes he knows something when he does not know, while I, just as I do not know, do not even suppose that I do. I am likely to be a little bit wiser than he in this very thing: that whatever I do not know, I do not even suppose I know.⁣”

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Aizaz Baqir

Aizaz Baqir

I am a freelance writer and translator based in Multan, Pakistan having interests in reading, writing, travelling and social services.