An unexamined life

Philippines
December 17, 2012 9:00pm CST
We had our film viewing in Philosophy just recently and one of the statements from Socrates that really struck me was that "an unexamined life is not worth living". It talks about viewing our individual lives as an opportunity to dig down within ourselves, comprehend the things, ideas around us and not just merely grabbing and embracing those offered ideas. Furthermore, it also narrates that we should be living as thinkers and questioners rather than just be plain spectators and followers on the life of other people. What do you think about this mylotters?
14 responses
@Mavic123456 (7910)
• Thailand
18 Dec 12
hahaha... Good Kenshin, this is what I was telling you last night. Have your questions (in philosophy) posted here... Now you will have a very good discussion.
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• Philippines
19 Dec 12
yeah, already got some 14 response with regards to this thread. Maybe later, I will post more discussions about this Philosophy thing. :)
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• Thailand
19 Dec 12
see.. hahaha good thing you know how to listen to older person... you just did it. !!!! ok next time I will answer your philosophy questions.
• India
18 Dec 12
Hi friend, i like this quote. I agree with it fully. We must have a meaning for our life, there is no use in living our life without any meaning, We must have aim and goals in our life and try our maximum to fulfill it. Face our challenges with our efforts and over come from it with our confidence
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• Philippines
19 Dec 12
Thanks for your appreciation. We really need to have certain goals in our life. As what our teacher said, we should know what we desire and move towards that desire.
@jenny1015 (13394)
• Philippines
18 Dec 12
I agree with that statement. Not unless a person thinks real hard about what his present status is, he would not be able to make a step in achieving a goal to make his life better.
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• Philippines
19 Dec 12
Indeed, we can really have our own individualistic personality if we tend to establish them with our own hard work and thinking. Imitating and copying others will not result into our betterment but rather, it would only cause a self full of portraits.
@UmiNoor (3390)
• Malaysia
18 Dec 12
Being human, you will always be questioning about where your life is heading and what you're doing to make your life better. I think people are always examining their lives and wanting to make it worth living and not just existing. But what you feel is worthy may not be for other people. For example, like me, I think being a mom and having a wonderful family life is the most important thing and it makes my life worth living but for others who are ambitious, they would think that my life is worthless and that I'm just wasting my time on Earth. So, would you say I'm leading an unexamined life?
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@zearah (5289)
• Philippines
18 Dec 12
Salam UmiNoor! For me your dedication to have a wonderful family life is your own ride to your goal and so you did examined your life.Life must be balance and part of being a successful goal setter is to follow a role model but not to immitate.I admire dedicated mothers and so I want to be one of those.
@flapiz (4160)
• Australia
18 Dec 12
In other words the movie encourages as to be an individual or be unique rather than be like someone else or be stereotypical. This is a very good message specially for the world today wherein we tend to imitate the what the media project and we lose ourselves in the process. I think we should start examining our lives now.
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• Philippines
18 Dec 12
Indeed Socrates have great wisdom to share into this emerging issues in today's world. Furthermore, you have some great thoughts there stating the fact that most people now tend to conform with the norms and imitate the things they find attractive. Given this various fact, we can really conclude that we are not who we really are.
@williamjisir (22909)
• China
18 Dec 12
I read about this saying-An unexamined life is not worth living, a few days ago. I think that it is well said. I use it to teach my students who do not work hard and participate in class. For those who do not have a set goal in life is not worth living. I wish them to fully understand its meaning and live their life to the maximum with always aims in life to reach. Have a good day, kenshin.
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• Philippines
18 Dec 12
Thanks for that response william. Indeed, many of people nowadays, particularly the students are pretty lazy and having no sense of foundation and set of goals. They just tend to live their life according to the things that will pop out of their heads from time to time.
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
19 Dec 12
i agree strongly. i don't think people should automatically assume things just because the masses think so.
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@anklesmash (1417)
18 Dec 12
I can't say that I know a lot about philosophy but this statement has some logic to it.I think an important aspect of human life is a quest for knowledge and in my opinion it should include gaining a deeper understanding of yourself.Personally I believe we get the most out of life when we try to find out as much as possible about the world we live in and the mysteries of our world.If humans weren't curious then the human race wouldn't have developed to the level advancement we are at.We would still be living in the dark ages.
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@dee777 (1418)
• South Africa
18 Dec 12
I think it also boils down to who we know we are. If we are merely 'followers', we will suck up to everyone's philosophy. It is important that we know what we stand for, and we should dig into our own lives and examine motives. We should look at the shortcomings in our lives and make an effort to grow richer.
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@Brezze23 (18)
18 Dec 12
We should show our respect to different kind of lives.To be human ,we also need think more deeply.
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@ZoeJoy (1395)
• United States
18 Dec 12
My husband and I homeschooled our children. We wanted our children to have the ability to think for themselves. And they are indeed capable of thinking for themselves. It is important to re-evalute and see if whatever policies or procedures is working and what needs to be re-examined.
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@zearah (5289)
• Philippines
18 Dec 12
Each of us has a unique personality and so everyone must drive his/her own ride to reach his/her destination.If it happends that you joined to another ride but be sure to find your own to go to your goal.
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@iva75cpb (729)
• Bulgaria
18 Dec 12
I think there is a lot of reason in this statement. I may not be well qualified to interprete it but in general I guess it has the idea that each and every individual is here for a reason and even the small purpose in our life can make a difference. I'm interpreting the idea as an idea to live our life not just day by day, counting on others to do what we are supposed to do, but with paying attention even to the tiniest things and to do something to leave behind when we're gone. Digging deeper in our inner "Ego" is one of the ways to achieve it and the starting point to do so. Creativeness and initiative make the meaning of examination of life, after being well aware of who we are and why we are here.
@urbandekay (18314)
18 Dec 12
The unexamined life is the life no better (or perhaps worse) than the life of an animal but as humans we need to live a human life all the best, urban