The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living

1978 WordsMar 9, 20158 Pages
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates, the great Greek philosopher, has never spoken truer words. The unexamined life is a recurring theme in both Plato’s The Allegory of the Cave and Richard Wright’s The Library Card. There are many ways to achieve enlightenment, for example, going out and obtaining information, through individualism, learning from mistakes, becoming an intellectual reader, or contemplation. Enlightenment was important to both Plato and Richard Wright. Plato believed that most of civilization lives in deep ignorance, and are in terribly deplorable conditions as a result. Richard Wright’s insatiable hunger for knowledge and enlightenment sets him apart from those around him, which drives the wedge created by their differences further between them. Nevertheless, it gives Wright’s life meaning and direction. This sensation furthers his existing curiosity, helping Wright to realize his love of literature. Having enlightenment is the process where one becomes aware of what shackles the mind. Both of these essays struggle with either the physical or mental chains that limit one’s ability to obtain knowledge and to become enlightened. Plato was born approximately 428 B.C.E. in Athens, Greece and was a student of Socrates and teacher to Aristotle. Plato, being a philosopher and a author, wrote dialogues that explored philosophical questions of justice, virtue, law, reason, and the soul. Plato founded the Academy in Athens, which was one of the
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