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Vipassana Meditation, Form by Plato, Socrates and Descartes Opinions

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Socrates famous quotation “ All I know is that I do not know” is a very contradictory statement in which Socrates humbly states that despite having so much knowledge and wisdom he still believes that he does not know anything. This means that a human has very limited and concise knowledge, wisdom and morality and no matter how much one tries to grasp all the knowledge it is not possible as a person to absorb everything. Thus Socrates believes that irrespective of all the knowledge he possesses, he still does not know anything.

This leads to self-questioning and judging one's self whether what we assume is actually true or just a vague illusion. Nothing was completely pure and perfect for Socrates. He believed that there was more to explore. Another perspective can be that Socrates was so ignorant that through this statement he meant that he at least he knew something if not everything (Miles, pg 165). This is a very contradictory statement and it is quite difficult to ascertain what he really wanted to convey but personally I think that he knew a lot and wanted to learn more.

"I Think Therefore I Am", a very renowned quotation or one of the most popular phrases ever said. This phrase was written by famous Rene Descartes in the 1600s in his book Meditations II. Earlier in his first book Meditations I, he completely destructed the belief of anything that occurred. He justified his statement by saying that there was not any way to be certain about his thoughts which were apparently mistaken or mislead, which is the misconception of human beings. Few examples he gave were that one cannot change the fact that there is a supreme power that exists which plays and tricks the human brain or the very common optically seen illusions that baffle the human brain.

Later in his book the Meditations II, he states that there is only a singular thing of which he can be sure of is that he is present. His justification lied in the fact that the ambiguity of certainty was due to the thoughts which were deluded.  

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