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OfflineAmnesiac
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Just how foolish are we?
    #1521141 - 05/05/03 04:19 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

"The most foolish people are those who think that they are intelligent, and the most intelligent people are those who know that they are foolish."

No, I didn't get it from a book of Chinese proverbs :smile: Just thought of it now.
Any comments on this statement?


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InvisibleSclorch
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Re: Just how foolish are we? [Re: Amnesiac]
    #1521146 - 05/05/03 04:25 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Sorry to rain on your parade, but...

Some Athenian: Who is the wisest person in Athens?
Oracle of Delphi: Socrates.

The same Athenian: Why did the Oracle say that, Socrates?
Socrates: Because I know that* I do not know.

*the Greek word is ambiguous for "that", "that which", and "what".


At least, that's how I remember it.


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Re: Just how foolish are we? [Re: Sclorch]
    #1521148 - 05/05/03 04:27 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Greek humor r0xx0rz.


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OfflineAmnesiac
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Re: Just how foolish are we? [Re: bert]
    #1521160 - 05/05/03 04:49 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Oh, you're not raining on my parade at all, I'm in no way claiming credit for having been the first one to bring about such an idea.

I'm aware that many people throughout history have said something along the lines of my statement.

Anyhow, Sclorch, why not post your thoughts on this now that you've clarified that Socrates beat me to it? :smile:


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Re: Just how foolish are we? [Re: Amnesiac]
    #1521166 - 05/05/03 04:59 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

"Insert an 'I think' mentally in the above post everywhere I forgot to do so, because I certainly don't KNOW much. Also; feel free to yell at me."

we don't know shit.... I try my best to exchange ideas and understand my ignorance - but is that really wisdom? lol there's gotta be more to it..


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Re: Just how foolish are we? [Re: Strumpling]
    #1521890 - 05/05/03 03:02 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

... foolish enough to chase green pieces of paper until we die?


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Re: Just how foolish are we? [Re: Grav]
    #1521928 - 05/05/03 03:27 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

I know nothing. There for do i know all? for all there is, is nothingness


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Re: Just how foolish are we? [Re: Amnesiac]
    #1521977 - 05/05/03 03:48 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Amnesiac: Anyhow, Sclorch, why not post your thoughts on this now that you've clarified that Socrates beat me to it?

Realizing the limits of one's knowledge is the cornerstone of wisdom.

On a related note...
There is a phrase: "Those who speak, don't know. Those who know, don't speak."
I say this maxim is bullshit. FUCK THAT!
It seems that the writer of a comic strip found in Sunday's paper also agrees with me:


Open-mindedness should be a prerequisite to knowing.


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Re: Just how foolish are we? [Re: Sclorch]
    #1522226 - 05/05/03 05:17 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

"I" know nothing and everything...it all depends on what you would consider "I" and even in your contextual reality you know some things no matter how simplistic they may seem they are just as important and unimportant as everything else........


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Re: Just how foolish are we? [Re: You_are_God]
    #1523012 - 05/05/03 09:35 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

that is from the tao te ching. lao tzu was probably much wiser than you will ever be. perhaps you should read further into the statement.


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Re: Just how foolish are we? [Re: GrowingVines]
    #1523103 - 05/05/03 10:16 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

I know nothing. There for do i know all? for all there is, is nothingness






are you denying the reality of physical manifestations? I understand the nothingness of which they arise and disappear into - but certainly there is something other than nothing.


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Re: Just how foolish are we? [Re: Amnesiac]
    #1523252 - 05/05/03 11:07 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

"The most foolish people are those who think that they are intelligent, and the most intelligent people are those who know that they are foolish."

No, I didn't get it from a book of Chinese proverbs Just thought of it now.
Any comments on this statement?
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The more you know, the more you realize that you don't know.

Your direction depends on the thoughts you make.

Be carefull what you wish for.



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