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.