We do not know — neither the sophists, nor the orators, nor the artists, nor I— what the True, the Good, and the Beautiful are. But there is this difference between us: although these people know nothing, they all believe they know something; whereas, I, if I know nothing, at least have no doubts about it. As a result, all this superiority in wisdom which the oracle has attributed to me reduces itself to the single point that I am strongly convinced that I am ignorant of what I do not know.”
Many people want to find the Truth with a capital T. Some have claimed to have found it. But Socrates knew better. The universe is simply too big and too complex for us to find the ultimate, capital T Truth. Our brains are just too puny — perhaps even too puny to understand the 80 billion neurons that make them up.
But truth does have value as a direction. Moving in that direction has many pitfalls and fallacies, but we can begin the journey.
Those that claim Truth can be found in some Holy Book or above the clouds, should show some of Socrates’ humility. Afterall anything worthy of the title “God” must be greater than the universe, which we understand so little of. And to think we might understand something greater than that? That seems to be the ultimate in hubris to me.
Truth is a direction, a method, a path. And that path begins with honesty and humility, first admitting that we are ignorant of much more than we know.