An Unexamined Life

The unexamined life is not worth living.
, in Plato, Dialogues, Apology
Greek philosopher in Athens (469 BC – 399 BC)

Is Socrates “right” about his statement made several thousand years ago? Is there relevance to what this “old dead guy”, as my kids would say, states in these “modern” times of the 21st Century?

I wonder. Too many people drive away from their suburban houses in their gas guzzling SUV, cell phone to their ear, talking about nothing. They head to the shopping mall to purchase more items to stuff their already full drawers and closets. Does this give their life meaning?

I wonder. Who am I to question? Have I challenged the assumptions of my life? Do I try to find meaning each day as I move through the world? Or do I sleepwalk through my days and sleep away my nights?

My life is worth living, I would like to think. When I watch my daughter dance, or smile, it is worth living. When I admire the amazing young man my son has grown into, it is worth living.

Yes. I think we must take a look, if only to satisfy our own curiosity.








2 responses to “An Unexamined Life

  1. While I agree with Socrates, sometimes overexamination leads to inaction. It’s all about balance–not that I’ve mastered it.

  2. Balance. Exactly, Paula.

    And NOT examining is also out of balance.

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