“To know is to know you know nothing, that is the meaning of true knowledge” (Socrates).
I used this quote recently for an English 112 lecture on rhetoric and academic argument. It became a mantra and got me thinking; how would Socrates blog?
The more I attempt to blog, the less I know. Or rather, I know that I know a lot less then I think I do. This is the curse of the metaphorical and menopausal mind; I am left cringing at things I wrote as recently as three months ago. Did I really write that? And so, I have demolished pretty much everything I put on this site because I realize I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about.
I deplore social media, yet in the process of becoming a published writer, developing a social media platform seems to be a requirement. So be it. If it serves ‘The Writing’, I’ll play by the rules: in a way I can live with. But the question remains: how would Socrates write a blog?
He was big on engaging in active discussion: working a question from the inside out as well as exploring all its angles. But a blog is basically a static site, geared toward the writer to reader platform. I write. You read – and hopefully comment. But that’s it. There is no real discussion. So maybe it is safe to assume that Socrates would rather drink hemlock a hundred times over than blog.
But here is what I have come up with, thanks to him:
I hope to post a weekly “writer to writer” annotated affirmation. I will choose a transpersonal quote or passage and analyze and illustrate how it works for writing. My studies in transpersonal psychology and writing are an ongoing process for me. Over my life, I have survived and thrived by actively striving for self-knowledge. These quotes and passages work for me. And maybe they will work for you, too.
It ain’t Socrates, but it’s what I got to give.
Thanks for reading.