Wisest is she who knows that she doesn’t know

Who are you? Where does the world come from?

These are two questions that Sophie got when she received her mail. A story about a Norwegian girl coming to philosophical consciousness with the aid of her philosopher friend, Jostein Gaarder’s Sophie’s World helped the readers travel to the history of Western philosophy, from Socrates time to Sartre. Gaarder’s style to put a sort of textbook material into an interesting mystery novel motivated young readers to read it, too.

I’ve read this book as a requirement in one of my classes in History of Political Thoughts. I always want to read books, but I’d never wanted to be forced reading something. However, I’m glad my professor insisted doing so. After reading the book, I felt like I was in the tip of the rabbit’s hair and exposed to the world. I feel liberated, unlike those people in the Allegory of the Cave, chained, imprisoned and seeing only shadows of the true form of the real world.

But as time passed by, I got sidetracked with other things in life, and down I fall – deeper to the rabbit’s hair. As the philosopher in Sophie’s World pointed out, as a person matures, she tends to just accept what is happening as the reality. There’s no more curiosity, just the cold acceptance of everything as a fact.

However, yesterday I stumbled upon one of Vico’s old blog, and I found one of his book recommendations – The Book of General Ignorance. The title itself is catchy, as I think that “The Book of General Knowledge” would be common and expected. The authors are John Lloyd (not Cruz, LOL) and John Mitchinson. Since I am always book thirsty, I checked the blurbs/back cover copies and reviews of this book and found that a lot of its readers find it entertaining and educational!

According to my search, this is a sort of trivia book, which aims to correct all our misunderstandings and misconceptions on what we know as the common knowledge.

Then I didn’t waste another minute. I told this to my colleague and together we got ourselves a copy of this book and add to our “to-read” shelves.

I will be reading this book soon after I have finished at least five more books that are in my priority to-read list. Once I have finished with it, I will have a write-up about the book here.

Stay tuned~

13 thoughts on “Wisest is she who knows that she doesn’t know

      1. Yes, but it wasn’t a problem ’cause I love Philosophy (next to Asian dramas and Math). And when I took my Philosophy course (about a year after I read the book) I was like “Yeah, yeah, I know these stuffs already”. haha.. XD

        1. Haha, lucky you! It would have been nice if I was exposed to Philo in my early years. That way, I won’t be getting headaches understanding everyone’s ideas in one month! That reading was required for my History of Political Thought class.

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