Socrates Essay

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I believe Socrates is correct when he says the “the unexamined life is not worth living.” In order to discuss why Socrates is correct, I would like to discuss these various points which consist of: the significance as well as the underlying meaning of his quote “the unexamined life is not worth living,” the difference between an unexamined life and an examined life, specific examples, the importance of a person living an examined life and lastly, whether or not I am living an examined life. "The unexamined life is not worth living." (Apology, p. 41) Socrates held himself up to this standard by allowing the courts to take his life because they would not allow him to continue his quest. An unexamined life would be just coasting through and not making any decisions or asking any questions. Socrates could not see a point in living if you were unable to ask questions and challenge your way of thinking. An examined life would be trying to understand your purpose and the current state of things. By examining your life, therefore understanding yourself, you will not be subject to actions motivated by passion or instinct. In this paper, I will argue that the examined life is the happier life. Socrates was considered by many to be the wisest man. While he was eventually condemned for his wisdom, his spoken words are still listened to and followed today. When, during his trial, Socrates stated that, “the unexamined life is not worth living”, people began to question his theory. They began to wonder what Socrates meant with his statement, why he would feel that a life would not be worth living. To them, life was above all else, and choosing to give up life would be out of the picture. They did not understand how one would choose not to live life just because he would be unable to examine it. Socrates felt that if he was unable to examine life, he would not be really living. To

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