Is the unexamined existence worth living?
By Robert Gerzon
I have always been captivated by Socrates' daring statement that " The unexamined life is not worth living. "
He won't mince phrases. He doesn't say that the unexamined life is " less meaningful than it could be" or " one of many possible responses to human living. " This individual simply and clearly says it's not even worth living.
Why does he make such strong, unequivocal statement?
Socrates believed which the purpose of human life was personal and spiritual progress. We are unable to grow toward greater comprehension of our the case nature unless of course we take the perfect time to examine and reflect after our life. As another thinker, Santayana, noticed, " This individual who does not remember days gone by is condemned to repeat it. "
Reviewing our life reveals habits of tendencies. Deeper careful consideration yields comprehension of the subconscious programming, the powerful mental software that runs our life. Except if we become aware of these patterns, much of the life is unconscious repetition.
Like a psychotherapist, I see so many tragic examples of the result of an unexamined life. I recall Melissa, a sensitive, appealing woman in her overdue forties whom realized that a number of repetitive, doomed-from-the-beginning relationships experienced used up a lot of years of her life that it was now too late for her to realize her dream of a partner, home and family of her own. We recall Jesse, a qualified, hard-working gentleman who dismissed his wife and family for too many years and found him self depressed and living by itself in an house by the time he came to see me.
Only when Melissa and Donald got taken the time to examine and reflect upon their lives as they were living them, they would have made changes and had a unique experience throughout their lifetime.
The good thing is that it is by no means too late to start out examining the life more thoroughly -- and to experience the benefits. Melissa never had your child she wished but she stopped recreating her past and eventually...