Essay on The Life Is Not Worth Living

777 Words Sep 20th, 2016 4 Pages
In 399 BC the respected Socrates was sentenced to death by hemlock. The very famous Apology was written by one of Socrates students, Plato. It exemplifies Socrates’ overall philosophical thinking and wisdom. One prominent quote from this passage is, “the unexamined life is not worth living,” (Plato, trans. 1871). There is debate over what this means, but it is equally up to one’s own interpretation.

If you’re not truly in tune with yourself then there is no room for growth and this will keep your mind narrow. What this means is that if you are not willing to expand your mind and knowledge through being open minded you can never truly learn. Another very important aspect of this is accepting that you currently “know nothing”. This is something Socrates claims in The Apology when the audience clearly knows this cannot be. What he really means is that by accepting he does not know everything, or that he knows nothing, he might just be the wisest man of all. “Well, although I do not suppose that either of us knows anything really beautiful and good,” Socrates says, “I am better off than he is - for he knows nothing, and thinks that he knows. I neither know nor think that I know. In this latter particular, then, I seem to have slightly the advantage of him,” (Plato, trans. 1871).

Accepting your ignorance can make you wise because it creates a desire for knowledge. A desire for knowledge, asking questions, listening, and reading are all ways to expand what you know. If…

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