We all know nothing. Human beings thrive on the perceived fact that we have an incredible wealth of knowledge, that we have the ability to do almost anything our heart and minds desire, but is this really so? Do we really know? In my opinion we do not. We know nothing.
Why do I say that we all know nothing? We know nothing because everybody knows better. When a person goes to a music concert and the sound is terrible, you automatically know what the person needs to do in order to improve, “Bring down the bass drum, adjust the gain on mic 1,” and the list could go on.
We share this type of knowledge with the person next to us who will inevitably feel compelled to add his or her 5 cents. That person’s 5 cents will vary greatly from your own but will build on your knowledge – the unfortunate part is that it all means nothing because we all know nothing, some are just better at knowing it than others. The 10 cents that you and your companion have contributed will not change the fact that the sound is no good – mainly because if you had to share your knowledge with the sound guy he would most likely punch you.
A further way to illustrate this idea of nothing is that people will write incredible papers that deal with issues like space and time. They will present elaborate theories about how the planet was formed and how there could possibly be no God because we are able to apparently explain how things might have happened. They make it their life’s work to prove their theories and then eventually write a book that contradicts their first discoveries. The findings will be published and articles will be written on websites where people are allowed to comment. Due to the supposition that everybody knows better, you will find that over 600 people choose to share their knowledge of nothing.
These people who share their nothingness will add comments to the page about how the big bang could not have happened for what ever educated reason they choose to give, others will say that God doesn’t exist for whatever reasons. These 600 people will then immerse themselves into a battle of knowledge and try to wittingly prove the previous commentator wrong. It is all so pointless due to the reality that we know nothing and that we will never be able to conclusively prove any theories about God or the big bang until we die and meet the Big Man Upstairs or the Big Atom Upstairs.
Think about it. Why is Bill Gates a billionaire when you know computers as well as he does? You fix computers, you program computers, you upgrade computers but every night you go home to a house that could fit into his twenty times and still leave room for your dog’s kennel. The answer to this dilemma is that he is better at knowing nothing than what you are.
How has Plato helped you in life? How as Socrates helped you? Socrates taught Plato to know nothing and Plato simply built on this nothing and developed a new nothing. Plato keeps going on about some cave that we are stuck in and that we have our backs to the light. He never really provides us with a way out of the cave because he knows nothing and as a result we suffer the same quandary. What is waiting outside the cave for us when we emerge? A larger jar of nothing.
Or an onion, which you will peel away layer after layer only to discover that there is nothing in it.
Where will our lack of knowledge lead us to? It will carry us as far as it has till this point. We will continue to grow and hypothesise; we will continue to develop our philosophies and our pursuit of the knowledge of nothing. People will get rich because they know so much about nothing. Yet another person will write an entry about the knowledge of nothing claiming to know but realising inside that he too knows nothing.
This could be everything or nothing, at the very least it is something.