A Questionable Late Hour
It is simple to say, “I know nothing”, however that statement is logically broken. If you know that you know nothing, then you know something. If you know something, then you are capable of knowing. If you are capable of knowing without having to learn the something that you know, which would be the case in any self-aware being that can consider a quantification of its own knowing, then you are capable of knowing without learning.
The logical mind tells us that to know, we must learn. However learning can also impede knowing. It may be reasonable to conclude that learning often times biases our perspective and corrupts our ability to perceive correctly the difference between the trueness and truthfulness our own vision. Documented knowledge may be a composition of true universal wisdom (that which “is” and neither requires nor is impacted by learning) and a misguided interpretation of things learned through observation using incomplete, sense-based measurement tools (such as an electron microscope, or super collider).
To differentiate between the two: learning promotes progress, while knowing promotes being. Learning is the traversal of paths, knowing is all paths and origins and destinations brought together into a single point.
Put simply, we (humans) have learned nothing absolute because we have yet to observe small enough, or large enough, or deep enough, or wide enough to perceive the great makers grand eye peering back through our lens into our own eye, unfettered and clear. We lack viable confirmation that there is even such a thing as smallest, largest, deepest, or widest. Following our elementary process of the observation and manipulation of the physics that lie within our reach at that given moment does not warrant absolute confirmation of any thing. The world is not flat, the earth is not the center of the universe, atoms are not the smallest particles, the sun is not a god, and time is not a constant.
The attainment of knowing through learning and observation is one of an infinite number of approaches. Is it possible to simply know all manner of things without the burden of observation? Perhaps through a state of interconnected being? Is knowing relative? Can we create that which did not already exist in any previously observable part? Are there other ways to achieve knowing, aside from learning? Is there such a thing as true universal wisdom? All things cannot be relative. A purely relativistic reality would be an absolute-based reality (and thus, conflicting). Therefore, at least one component of existence must be absolute. Is that component knowledge? Is it a web of connections between relativistic beings? Is it the power that fuels creation? Is it God?