Socrates’ Examined Vs. Unexamined Life

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I agree with Socrates when he says the unexamined life is not worth living for several reasons. Not only should we live our lives as if we are going to be judged at the end, but we should strive to live them to the fullest, making accomplishments, no matter how big or small, that will improve the lives of others around us and future generations. It is true that as a result of living an examined life sacrifices will be made, but these sacrifices are selfish in nature and would not be for the greater good. It is in everyone’s interest to better mankind, but if a majority of the population lived unexamined lives then it is safe to assume there will not be many contributions to the overall welfare of our civilization. However living an examined life will not only better yourself but will help those around you and guarantee your safety in heaven. I take into consideration Pascal’s wager when agreeing with an unexamined life is not worth living. Pascal argues “If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing”, which is placing the safe bet that you if God did not judge you than you would have not lost anything, although I do not agree with this completely. To live an examined life is to carry yourself in a manner in which you know you will be judged by God after death. God’s decision is to send you to either hell or heaven, and the conduct of your life determines where you will spend eternity. Hell and heaven can be described as exact opposites of each other; on one side you can imagine being locked up in chains, being tortured endlessly wishing you were dead. On the other side you are at peace, reunited with loved ones and spending the rest of your life in eternal bliss. Similarly, an unexamined life is the opposite of an examined life. An unexamined life can be lived to the fullest, no sacrifices having to be made for fear of being judged, but with the drawback

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