In the Dhammapada, the collected sayings of the Buddha, it says:
The fool who knows he is a fool is that much wiser.
The fool who thinks he is wise is a fool indeed.
This is quite comparable to Socrates, who argued in front of the Athenian assembly that he was, as the Oracle of Apollo said, the wisest man in Athens because he was aware of how little he knew, while others thought they knew a great deal but knew very little, like himself.
Gerlach is German and rhymes with bear-lock. I was born and raised in the Haight Ashbury of San Francisco, moved to Berkeley for college and grad school, with an MA in History of Religion from the Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley, and now teach Philosophy and the history of human thought at Berkeley City College. I have taught Intro Philosophy, Ethics, Logic, Asian Philosophy, Greek Philosophy, Modern European Philosophy and Social & Political Philosophy there for the past several years, and it has been a joy.
Leave a Reply