The Unxamined Life Is Not Worth Living

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People think that they are pious, virtuous, knowledgeable, intellectual, just, and more but in actuality and reality are they really and how can they find out? This is why through the generations of mankind have been blessed with the minds of the “Great philosophers.” We know about the “Great philosophers” through documents or books they wrote or others close to them witnessed and documented. One of the “Great philosophers” by the name of Socrates helped out people he meet with asking them questions and trying to define words, adjectives, or emotions they thought their lives reflected. Socrates famous statement, “The unexamined life is not worth living”(Apology, 38a), caused controversy between philosophers on the true meaning of his statement.…show more content…
It is important to live an examined life so you reach a true good life full of virtue, happiness, piety, and to you what you wanted your life to be and if people remember you the way you wanted to be remember. Everyone has a different aspect and perception of the life they want to live and the if the decisions they made in their life they are happy with and were the right decisions. Through an examined life you will reach Socrates’ goal of having attained knowledge for the purpose of living a good life. Most people though will not be able to reach an examined life without the outside help and knowledge of others. People will need the knowledge, questions, and criticism of others to learn and have a recollection of where they went wrong and then gain more knowledge. Through the Apology Socrates responds and defends philosophical life by saying, “If you think that a man who is any good at all should take into the account the risk of life or death; he should look to this only in his actions, whether what he does is right or wrong, whether he is acting like a good or a bad man.”(Apology, 28b-c) This quote perfectly describes in what everyone should ask themselves and if they think they were right in their decisions and feel like a good person you have reached an examined life. An examined life is important because it is the life everyone wants to achieve in their own way and is the best way their life can turn
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