“What doest it mean to lead an examined life? will studying philosophy help one to lead an examined life? why or why not”
Throughout the ages Philosophers have been Philosophizing about this same thesis. What does it mean to lead a self examined life? Is leading a self examined life worth the effort? Is life worth understanding? Why would these question be put into a discussion format and Contemplated for over 2,000 years.
Without a doubt we all love wisdom, or at least most of us do at one time or another in the space between birth and death. I am a learner and love learning. I hold philo and sophy close to my heart. (Philosophy) (the love of learning). It seems the history of this question is deeply rooted in human history. Originating with Socrates in the “Apology” he states a “Unexamined life is not worth living”, this like most of Socrates work is saturated with irony. He did end up dying as all mortals do, his life was well examined though (Sick satire?). Maybe we were correct and the lecture in class is true. Philosophy does kill, if not maybe a slow painful process. But whats death anyway, besides life ending?
Lord Russel once said in lack of better words, we study philosophy not because we want to know about or what the answer is. We study it for the questions themselves. How philosophical is this? This is why I believe it is possible and vital to lead a self examined life.
We should all lead a self examined life by studying ourselves and our perception of others in our surroundings. Being in tune with life, nature, monotheistic, or polytheistic ideas, also broadening once perception of space and time can be great steps to leading this sought after “examined life”. Us as humans can start Examining our life by figuring out our faults, since humans have faults we should understand them. I feel a human fault may be a human strength. After all it takes strength to recognize ones weakness.
After one is fully aquatinted with their faults, let them build on their strengths. This in theory should generated a feeling of gratitude and happiness. The blue prints of a self examined life, I feel are vary broad and open to change or re-planning. This is part of the process, redesigning a thinking style that suits your life.
I feel that it is very important to lead a examined life. Life is a journey and should be explored like every adventure one comes across in life. Life is as they say “too short” to sit around and not explore mental, physical, emotional, and relationship endeavors.
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