The Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living


The Greek philosopher Socrates had a strong sense of the value of a virtuous life. In his old age, he was tried and judged worthy of death for his deeply held convictions, and for expressing them publicly. Socrates accepted the judgment of the court and willingly drank the cup of deadly hemlock. He believed himself to be a good man, and that a good man would have a good eternal destiny. As the story goes, he received the judgment of those who condemned him, and entrusted himself into the hands of the Almighty.

So, why did Socrates think and teach that for a man’s life to be worth living it should be examined? Examined by whom? And what does a man do with the examination? Socrates knew that man is more than the short life he has on this earth.

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