Riddle: What is a rule if it is not broken?
About knowledge, we might say this, that we truly believe we know nothing.
However, by extension, if we find we must believe we know nothing, then we must either submit to the authority of whoever can prove their own knowledge, or we must conclude that no one else can know anything either, with the possible exception of someone like enough to a God or Goddess as to be indistinguishable from Them.
But lets not argue whether God exists or which God is the true God. Not only might we insult The Goddess, by whatever names you may know Her by, but we may insult many other people as well, regardless of which God or Goddess they do or do not choose to believe in.
As it happens, we love all religions, even the religions without a god that are popularly labeled atheism. To better understand our love please read Transcending Religions’ Meaning and Value, thanks.
If you tell us we must do as you say because you believe you know what we should do, while we, by our own assertions that we know nothing, cannot know what we should do, then we might reply that first you must make us believe that you know what we should do.
We might then inform you that we will know you know what we should do only if we consistently and infallibly profit by your advise without ever incurring any risks of any kind to ourselves.
Of course, you cannot fulfill this condition without putting us at risk; therefor, you cannot know what we should do, and therefor we should not do as you tell us, except, perhaps, if it profits us or if it pleases us.
The risk we are subject to if you can fulfill our conditions is that we must place ourselves in an inferior position to you, and accept that you have placed yourself in a superior position to us.
However, we also believe that it may be impossible for any person to honestly admit they know nothing, even though we may also believe that knowledge of any sort is impossible.
In a world where knowledge may be equated with power, we suspect that all people want to believe they are capable of knowing that whatever they have chosen to believe is really true.
If the existence of all knowledge can be in doubt, then anyone’s beliefs must also be in doubt. In order to feel secure in their beliefs it is therefor necessary to create a myth about authorities, people with authentic knowledge, and then they must foist these authorities off on anyone who challenges their own knowledge.
We say ‘foist’ because, after all, if there is no real basis for knowledge, there can be no true authorities, all authority would be derived solely from whatever people dupe themselves into believing, which is fine, so long as no all-knowing god comes along and makes himself an exception. Otherwise, in the absence of some concrete evidence of a god’s existence, and the claims of that god regarding His knowledge, then we might say that belief in god becomes a case in point, or so an atheist might argue, anyways…
We choose to believe in many, many gods, an infinite number of them really, but we also call many of these gods by another name, human beings.
We hope you are enjoying your divinity, if your pleasure is your wish.
Please understand, we believe in ourselves. We know we are fallible, but we also know that we are a divine being, just as you are. We share what we believe is useful information for anyone interested in challenging their own assumptions about the nature of reality. We do not say that what we have experienced is real, only that it has seemed real to us.
What we do say is that you should define your own realities for yourselves, and not allow yourselves to be the tools of a civilization that was hurtling to its death only a short time ago, and which, by the inertia of its homeostatic processes, will still appear to be hurtling towards certain total global annihilation for some more or less short time to come, a time that may most likely be measured in decades, but not many.
As we see it, everyone died recently, not only you or all of yourselves, but all of ourselves as well.
But, of course, that is another story, or perhaps many stories. We leave it up to you to tell your own stories of how you may have recently died.
Some additional thoughts about knowledge…
Anyone who takes an introductory course in philosophy should understand the arguments regarding the possible non-existence of all knowledge, but most people will never choose to believe the arguments in favor, and instead follow the arguments that discus what the properties of knowledge must be as if knowledge must really exist.
What makes this funny, of course, or sad, is that the truth must be denied, regardless of whether it is true or not, in part because of what may be human nature, and in part because the power of every university and college depends on their knowledge and the skill by which they manipulate anyone who seeks to learn their knowledge.
And of course, at least as we see it, there can be no knowledge, all of their power is a sort of sham, a scam.
But then, so is everyone else’s power as well.
(We might consider strength to be more real, but most power seems to us be a some sort of illusion.)
On the other hand, the part that may be human nature often seems to compel people to seek authorities. There is nothing like a seeker, they most often seem to see what they seek when the conditions suit them. This is why it is too easy to become a sort of charlatan / guru.
Please note – there are people we might consider real gurus whom we would never want to offend, but we love those who some may call charlatans as well, we find them very helpful in spite of themselves.
Fortunately, the homeostatic processes of the seeker may often remove them from a dangerous charlatan. In the case of less dangerous charlatans, a community forms, and the community agrees on the authority of the charlatan, for them he is their genuine guru, and because he must live up to their expectations of wisdom they will usually fare reasonably well together, so long as they are not unfairly exploited or otherwise harmed.
WE do not wish to be a guru or a charlatan. We are a more along the lines of a poet-visionary. Where you may allow our visions to lead you is your journey. Our journey is our own. But where we may walk together in peace and love we are always grateful for your divine company.
Riddle answer: a rule never broken is useless, so therefor all rules must be broken.