To know something must one first have a goal? Or if not first, at least after the fact to justify the time it took to know it? That is—does the value lie in knowing the thing or in its ability to reach a goal? Can something be known without a goal, a goal supplied by us?—that is, not a goal at all in the sense we tell ourselves? So if there is no goal in any objective sense why do we desperately seek a justification for what we want to know?