Socrates Unexamined Life

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1) Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." What do you suppose he meant by this? Socrates was a man of deep thought, questioning and reason. He found that his mind was built to analyze everything and re-think things that were known to be facts, laws or truths. He examined every aspect of his own and every one else’s life, as he wanted to determine what was actually right and wrong with the world. If he was unable to know for certain about a matter, he did not pretend to know. At the time of Socrates’ life, the surrounding people in the city of Athens were living their lives and believing their beliefs as instructed by their society and religion. No one had ever asked many of the question Socrates was asking and no…show more content…
His investigations into the men that claimed wisdom brought about much hostility against him. The real issue in his trial is not “criminal meddling” or that he taught his pupils to disbelieve in the gods or to “make the weaker argument defeat the stronger,” but is really his life style or philosophical life and is that these investigations expose the fact that his accusers pretend knowledge when they are ignorant and they have their reputations to protect as being learned men. The revelations of Socrates could also bring about the loss of power and worth of the ruling class, which relied on tradition and the acceptance of the people and would affect the faith in the gods that were accepted by the state as the one true religion. Wisdom according to Socrates is that in respect to wisdom, you are worthless. He felt that wisdom of the Gods was true and relevant and that of humans was not even comparable. Socrates believed that examination of life or leading a philosophical life was of the utmost importance, even upon the threat of death. He was in fact so dedicated to this way of life that he neglected all other aspects of it. He ignored all of his own personal self-interests, and lived in poverty as a result of his dedication to his
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