The Wisdom Of A Godly Atheist Essay
(An analysis of what can be learned from Plato’s The Apology)
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” Is a powerful and thought provoking statement from one the West’s greatest minds, Socrates. Socrates never wrote anything down however, Socrates’ had a student that would record his teaching and create great literary works from them. The student was Plato. He was influenced the most out of any other student of the great thinker and philosopher Socrates. The quote above comes from Plato’s great dialogue The Apology. The Apology is the defense of Socrates when he is taken to trial in 399 BCE and accused with false accounts of atheism and corrupting the youth. At the end of the trial, Socrates is narrowly found guilty and sentenced to death by the city of Athens. However, the inspirational teaching of the great thinker will live on and uphold a great legacy that continues to influence the minds of individuals today. Socrates’ teachings within Plato’s The Apology has taught me that I should not fear the unknown, the great importance of humility and most importantly the significance of self-examination.
Socrates’ teachings make it clear that it is unwise to fear the unknown. The great unknown of life ironically is what comes after our life. Socrates explains “To fear death, gentlemen, is no other than to think oneself wise when one is not, to think one knows what one does not know. No one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all…