The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living Analysis

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Every person aspires to have a good and comfortable life. A good education, a good job, a house, a car and a great family are what most people use to define happiness. Having a degree of respect or praise in a person’s social circles, great achievements and successes are very important to some people. Some would go to unimaginable levels to acquire wealth such as corruption, murder, drugs, prostitution and weapons; all for the sake of getting rich. To most people, having wealth is equated to being happy. It does not matter that moral decadence is as a result of people trying to get rich and live better lives. Very few people concern themselves with matters of good or evil, right or wrong and of preserving morality in our societies. All the above actions show how humans attach importance to material things. Material things are not eternal, yet not many are willing to understand that. There are some self-inflicted deficiencies in our lives that we ignore or suppress that give meaning to our lives and that define the code of conduct for individuals in the world. Socrates understood and accepted his inadequacies as a mortal and thus was considered the wisest of all men by the Oracle at Delphi. Considering most of Socrates beliefs as clearly described in the Apology, I choose to defend the statement that “the unexamined life isn’t worth living for a human being.”
A person’s public image is in most cases a lie to the public and in rare cases to the individual. Socrates in the Apology spends most of his time examining and testing the people he and most other people considered wise as a service to the gods, in order to determine their worth. He considered himself unwise, and by accepting that he realized that in fact he was wise i...

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...ntlemen of the jury, and keep this one truth in mind, that a good man cannot be harmed either in life or in death, and that his affairs are not neglected by the gods.” (Plato 14). Socrates embraces death in a manner that surprises even the people present at the trial. He sees it as an opportunity to continue with his life questioning the great men who died before him; if at all what is said about the dead is true.
In conclusion, this paper shows the dangers which emanate from an unexamined life and the consequences of an examined life. It shows how Socrates made it his life’s mission to awaken his city from ignorance. The examined life brings about self awareness by exposing individuals to their own faults, and thus gives them a chance to change and be honest to themselves. The statement that “the unexamined life isn’t worth living for a human being,” is true.

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