Socrates seldom addressed the public or made any public statement. He said, "I always address the individual". Because, whatever form of government or society we may have, no improvement is possible unless the individual is educated by educating himself, unless his hidden being is awakened to reality. Without such self-mastery, people continue to be like a sheep following all sorts of beliefs and ideologies. He did not hand down any wisdom. He just made everyone perplexed – provoking confusion. From such perplexity grows insight. And he died for it!
All beliefs are mere borrowed information. Only awareness of our ignorance would lead to our own authentic knowledge. He said, "The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." Belief gives an illusion of knowing, but in reality it only prisons us. Not-knowing sets us free.
- Socrates, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus - by Karl Jaspers