Virtue is Knowledge; Wickedness is Ignorance

A Change of Mind

Is it true: Wickedness is ignorance; Virtue, knowledge?

Weeks after complying my opinion to my friend before the deadly deadline she gave me, my answer never left my unsettled mind. I went back to Socrates’ words and repeatedly asked myself, “Is there truth in his words? As I pondered—and I didn’t know how it came—I suddenly remembered Jesus first words in the cross. Of the famous Jesus’ 7 last words, the first one was,

“Father forgive them, for they do not “KNOW” what they are doing.”

Now, was Jesus’ concept of “knowing” the same with Socrates’? If we rephrased Jesus’ prayer, it would be like this: “Father forgive them, for they do not ‘HAVE KNOWLEDGE’ of what they are doing.” Was Jesus saying that those wicked people who nailed him to the cross were doing it because they lack knowledge, because they are ignorant of some particular truth? Could it be another way of saying that wickedness is ignorance?

We know that the people who conspired to murder Jesus Christ were the most educated people in that time—the ones with the accumulated knowledge. Yet Jesus said, “…they do not know what they are doing.”

Just to accommodate my thinking that knowledge is separate from being good or bad, should I then conclude that Jesus was wrong or that He meant other things?

Changing my own mind is really difficult. I’m having a hard time convincing myself that my belief lack justification. That’s why I understand how difficult it is to change other people’s mind.

Socrates seems so obviously wrong. But now I have to consider that Jesus, the source and object of my faith seems to agree with Socrates. I need resolution.

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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