An Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living

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"An unexamined life is not worth living." (Plato, trans. 1871, pa.68) As Socrates stands against the court, on his final moments, he stands against his firm beliefs, and his insubordinate teachings. He feels that it is his mission, by God, and his purpose, to seek for this truth within both himself, and other men. It is often asked what makes life worth living? In the eyes of Socrates, this 'unexamined life' is one who lives with ignorance, and is not willing to live through experiences, and constantly searches for the truth. Both self-reflective and self-critical, they walk on a path that seeks for answers to the bigger (and sometimes smaller) questions. The thirst for knowledge and, through examining his own life, encouraging and reflecting on others' lives, and being critical of those who do not examine their own, Socrates drew to the assumption that an unexamined life is certainly just not worth living.
Socrates finds that once evaluating his own life, he begins to have a new and deeper thought on life itself. Through his life, he has been held to be by many people, one of the wisest men to exist. The Oracle of Delphi had even spoke on this when asked by Chaerephron if there was even a wiser man, then Socrates (Plato, trans. 1871). This didn’t stop him in the search to find the wisest man, asking politicians and such around him, and even decided to talk with one who he had believed was to be wiser then him. After conversing with him, however, he saw that
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