Trend followers know one thing is nothing

Most of people simply live their life as "daily routine". They do not care what NASA does in space, what scientists do for climate change or what were philosophies of Socrates? Most people live by their live on own principles. They have logic that only interprets for them as right or wrong. Most people try to live as happy and target money for happiness. That’s all. They might follow mass. If the believe on God, they too do the same. It could be blindly acceptance or arbitrary influence. It could be from outside influence such as culture or own inadequacy.

Trend follower
Trend follower

Why they do? They know nothing! They have no idea of knowing the knowledge. They mainly follow mass. If it is a "trend" that has short haircut and coloring like a circle shape on center portion of hair with red color, they will follow and name it "fashion" or "style". We could call them "trend followers".

From the Greek philosophical era to the current modern world, majority of people are average or below average in terms of knowledge. Socrates was struggling to enlighten people including the king. This average type of people never contributed to the knowledge including science and philosophy. Also, we cannot blame them. It is their limitation or knowledge condition. You can never and ever make a butterfly as eagle. And, eagle’s strength and wings automatically take her to soaring. Butterfly is beautiful. But, it is very hard to bear when it live as caterpillar. Most people are like caterpillar and many people are like pupa. First one can destroy your garden; second one can make you feel like useless or nothing.

Unfortunately, you have to live with all type of people. Sometimes, they may look at you and say “Look, this fella is kinda oldie”.  You may smile and reply “Yes, I know that I know nothing”. You don’t need to explain to everyone, especially when people act like "I know everything". If know who you are and what are you limitations, that is great.

Facebook Covers | I know that I know nothing

Facebook is one of the powerful social medias in the virtual world / internet world. Therefore, I have created some Facebook Covers based on the quote I know that I know nothing. You may download it and use.

I know that I know nothing

I know that I know nothing

I know that I know nothing

I know that I know nothing

I know that I know nothing

Existence | Hindu philosophy

Hindu philosophy teaches that the soul is a lasting remaining of me after removed or left all from me. The body cannot become "I". Because, we used to say "my body", "my eye", etc. Here, body or eye is part of me, and it never becomes "I". The term "my body" indirectly says that body is part of me, and I am not part of body. Also, it is applicable for all of our senses as well as mind. When I sleep, I exist. Even though, I cannot feel "I" during my sleep. However, I exist, and my mind or senses are unable to find it. Therefore, we could conclude that mind is not "I". If so, who is "I"? Hindu philosophy tells that whether you sleep or not, but living part in you is soul, and the soul is "I".

Existence concept through Socrates and Hindu philosophy

It (soul) sees without sight; hear without hearing; think without thinking; know without knowing. There is no one to see; no one to hear; no one to think; and no one to know, except the soul. It is your soul which is the inner man, the immortal, and others are badness. The soul is to be seen (by inner eye); to be heard (by inner ear); to be minded (by internally); to be meditated (by unity of heart). It reveals by all acts of senses. It never adopts anything, but bears everything. It has not attitude, but experience.

Hindu philosophy gives priority to soul as supernatural stuff. Your existing is based on soul, not like existing concept of Socrates. He used "thinking" to prove our existence while Hinduism sees it as part of us, and our existence can be prove by the soul.

Cogito ergo sum | I think therefore I am – René Descartes

Cogito ergo sum is a Latin phrase (Old Latin as ˈkoːɡitoː ˈɛrɡoː ˈsʊm). This philosophical statement was written by René Descartes in his work, Principles of Philosophy (1644). The Latin phrase can translate as “I think, therefore I am”, and some of others translate as “I think, therefore I exist”. However, it was originally appeared in French as je pense, donc je suis in Descartes’ work “Discourse on the Method” (1637). Due to its important, it took a place in Western philosophy, and it is known as “the cogito ergo sum argument" and simply as the cogito.

Cogito ergo sum | I think therefore I am
Cogito ergo sum | I think therefore I am

This proposition opens paths to analysis of existence and doubt. Therefore, it became one of fundamental elements in philosophical world. Philosophy doubts subjects and asks questions, and then comes to conclusion(s) or gives choices. Existence is one of major subjects; especially it dealt with existence of god. Still it is not concluded. Majority doubts the existence of god. Likewise, our existence is doubtful too. Philosophy questions our existence in the lights of perception and other concepts. But Descartes concluded our existence by the cogito. His idea can interpret as follows:

I think – There is a subject, “I” and a verb, “think”.
The subject “I” is able to think. – The subject can produce an action (verb).
An action (think) cannot function without subject (I).
There is a need for existence of subject to perform an action.
Therefore, subject “I” is existing.

Therefore, our existence is real and it is not doubtful concept. However, it received negative criticisms from scholars. Some of them argued that it is a psychological appeal and self-rationalization, not logical argument. We are unable to deny our existence and impossible to think "I do not exist". Apart from mixed criticisms, the cogito has a better existence in philosophy.

When we compare the cogito and Socrates’ phrase I know that I know nothing, I would thumb up for Socrates. He was neither self- rationalizer nor self-logical arguer.

I know Vs the cogito
I know Vs the cogito

Here is a simple summary of comparison of two phrases.

Phrase I think, therefore I am I know that I know nothing
Philosopher  René Descartes (1596 – 1650) Socrates (470 – 399 BC)
Origin of language Latin Greek
Region Western Western
Type  Epistemology, metaphysics Epistemology
Category Thought (self-existence & doubt) Self-referential paradoxes
Logic Supports proposition only No
Psychology Rationalization Ignorance
Philosophical arguments Yes No

Beauty : What do you know about it?

The world is crazy about beauty. I don’t say what beauty is. The term is still arguable in the philosophical world, and it is one of philosophical problems. Apart from fundamental needs, it plays a vital role in human life. Sometimes, it gets the better of essence.

I remember a joke. It says an event of death of mother of an actress. At the funeral, daughter was weeping and mourning. She was expressing grievance by word, but never say a word “mummy”. The reason was that if she would have said the word mummy, her lips can touch each other and resulting rub off of lipstick. Moral of this joke is that being beauty is most important than grief.

Salon, cosmetic company, spa and beauty parlor are higher number or equal than some basic needs. I see them lot a pharmacy in a city. Cosmetic products are expensive than basic items. Cosmetic products have potential demand and many businesses run for the sake of beauty. People are more interest on knowing about beauty secrets than knowing themself.

But, Socrates word echoes “Beauty is a short-lived tyranny”.

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