Virtue is Knowledge; Wickedness is Ignorance

My tranquility was once again disturbed by a friend. One day she called me to help her out in her assignment. Being a close friend, I quickly answered yes. But when I started reading the seven different dicta of seven ancient philosophers, I also started to panic. I love the subject, yes…Philosophy for me contains the most exciting but also the most exhausting things to ponder about. How can I simply establish rational reaction to these philosophers’ words of wisdom without given enough time to ponder deeply? My ungenerous friend did not give me the luxury of time: she wanted me to deliver my quick reaction in two days. So I attempted.

Of those ‘Words of Wisdom” from different philosophers, one struck me like no other: According to Socrates,

“All vice is the result of ignorance, and that no person is willingly bad; correspondingly, virtue is knowledge, and those who know the right will act rightly.”

My quick reaction was to disagree, of course. I began my argument with the assumption that knowing is separate from acting. Meaning, our knowledge can be used for both good and bad. It is the choice of the person who possesses the knowledge where he’s going to use it.

Let’s look at the obvious. Many people who know too much use their knowledge in wickedness. Therefore, Socrates was wrong. Or was he?

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7 thoughts on “Virtue is Knowledge; Wickedness is Ignorance

  1. I think Socrates was right . . . we all do the best we can, with the information we have at the time….. the determining factor may be whether or not “knowing” is the same as “internalizing” a truth . . . once internalized, knowing becomes true knowledge . . .just a thought . . . ♥♥ Janet

    1. Hello Janet, thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      Yes you’re right. And I like your term “internalizing” what we know. It took me four pages in this article before I reached that same conclusion when I used the phrase “holistic way” in describing “knowing.”

      “Once ‘internalized’—when we include all our four dimensions: mind, heart, body, spirit—knowing becomes true knowledge. I like the way you put it.

      Thanks a lot Janet! 🙂

    1. Yes Sarah, and maybe there are still more.
      In fact I’m already thinking of another one.

      Thanks for stopping by and for sharing a thought! 🙂

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