9:20am  |  What is it that the so-called Illuminati know that the rest of the world does not? Is it simply Socratic knowledge, that one knows no-thing? Since, if the nameless-reality that Hesiod calls “Chaos” is Parmenides’ “not-is,” then to know the “not-is” is what it is to know “nothing.” And this must be what Socratic knowledge amounts to: all that we call “knowledge” is based on appearances (called “representations”) filtered by the Mind. This is what he means when he says, “I know that I know nothing.”

And how do you learn this? How do you learn what “no-thing” is? And furthermore, if you know “no-thing” to be true, then how do you know that you do indeed know “no-thing”? Sensitivity. Sensitivity teaches you this — that you know “no-thing”; which, presumably, results in being intellectually humble. Hence, the barrage of questions that seem to his interlocutors to be intrusive and even sometimes accusing; ironically, his questions come from his “intellectual humility.” After all, paradoxes are both difficult to explain and to understand. A serious student would do well to ask lots of questions if they wish to understand something quite difficult…

And so, it is this fact that Socrates knows that he knows no-thing that proves that Socrates’ questions are necessarily sincere. That is, they are not rhetorical questions. They’re very genuinely questions.