Agnotology, do we know? Part 2

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Translation: Régine Paradis

Saying ‘I don’t know‘ is already half the knowledge.” – Arabic proverb

We learned in Part 1 of the article that ignorance is a choice. Once we are aware of our condition, we can get out of it by taking into account our abilities and interests. It is true that we cannot know everything. Ex: Is it necessary to know the whole of human biology to heal oneself? However, it is important to identify the knowledge necessary for oneself.

The awareness of our state of ignorance is made by remaining present to oneself. “The more we know, or think we know, the less we really know because it prevents us from BEING. Someone, who IS, is neither slave to KNOWING nor to HAVING.” – Rael[1]

Feeling an intellectual and emotional discomfort, caused by a perceived paradoxical situation, is a trigger for skepticism. This doubt is justified becoming our internal motivation to give ourselves “time to make the necessary efforts to become more informed or not, to process the information at hand with as much impartiality as possible, to revise our beliefs, and reorder our preferences if necessary, and to modify our behavior accordingly“.[2]

The mediums that transmit knowledge have a responsibility not to abuse the trust of their audiences. Knowing that each of them has an objective: to sell and market their product or to ensure control and regulation, there is no guarantee that we can blindly trust them.

To educate oneself, to form an opinion, is essential by multiplying the sources of information to which we have easy access, among others, Internet. “Internet is the only solution to this media brainwashing.” – Rael[3]

Even with this information access tool, we have to use it with presence of mind. We cannot know everything (omniscient). Given that we are responsible for our ignorance, how do we access knowledge? One way is to develop the art of asking questions. “A question that is not asked is a door that remains closed.” – Marielee Golberg

The question is a creative tool, because it has a catalytic effect, i.e. it provokes a reaction, an answer even if it is “I don’t know”. A question raises the unexpected, because it arouses curiosity, suggests new possibilities, opens up an action, simple-clear-precise it will be well understood.

The question to ask (ourselves) is based on the context. The intellectual and emotional discomfort we feel requires that we take the time to identify the type of information we need. Do we need to e.g. analyze the situation, weigh the pros and cons, decide on an option, get new information, etc.?

Because the question will be thoughtful, it will be all the more effective. Thus, by taking into account our feelings, we will have the feeling of being ourselves by taking care of our needs. In addition, we may well have the effect of challenging the established order: 1) by opening up to new knowledge; 2) by avoiding automatic association with what the masses think; 3) by playing an influential role through a new practice, which is the art of asking questions.

The significance of a question is great. As Einstein said: “If I had one hour to solve a problem and my life depended on it, I would spend the first 55 minutes defining the appropriate question to ask, because once I did that, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.”

Rachel Bluteau
Columnist for the Raelian Movement

[1] Rael: Words of Maitreya, from A to Z, P. 41

[2], paragraph 11 (in French only)

[3] Rael: Words of Maitreya, from A to Z, P. 54