Friday, January 10, 2014
In the sense that knowledge is ever-changing... it is inexpressible and transcendental.
Knowledge so far as it springs from the desire to know something about the ultimate meaning of life, the absolute, can be no science. What we discover does not add to our knowledge as knowledge is an ever-changing state of temporal perception held in the notion of understanding.
Still, the act of learning is a tendency of the human mind which I personally cannot help respecting deeply and I would not for my life ridicule it.
William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)
San Antonio Museum of Art
While these words echo Wittgenstein's argument on ethics [Notebooks 1914-1916, ed. G.H. von Wright and G.E.M. Anscombe (Oxford: Blackwell, 1979), p. 79; Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (London: Routledge, 1981), pp. 182-183: 6.421], they equally express the issue of not-knowing.
Knowing touches the part of us that believes It is alive. That aspect of self that knows it exists. Learning is what happens after some 'thing' stirs us from the inside out. Knowledge is that which we believe we find.
A Reader recently commented,
To have knowledge, as with the notion of the "Perfect Me", is to be in possession of a divine afflatus.
In more modern terms, it is the sensation of being blown away by one's own insight or belief in a private revelation about the nature of existence.
This knowledge is found in the penultimate thought:
"I know that I do not know"
...and arises within us an intense sense of enjoyment, a heightened interest in experiencing further insights, and a profound and deeply personal sense of approval of one's self, whatever form that self might at present time occupy.
Ancient or modern knowledge aside, learning is always a value for life, and the discovery that value is always an object of mind.