The Examined Life: A More Worthwhile Choice


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The Examined Life: A More Worthwhile Choice
According to Socrates in his pre-death “Apology” written by Plato, the examined life is one in which a person devotes him or herself to searching for knowledge and answers to life’s questions in order inform themselves about their own ideas as well as the world around them. Plato writes for Socrates, “I believe that no greater good has ever happened in the state than my service to God. For I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties, but first and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul” (Apology 30a-30b). According to Plato, Socrates’ examined life centers around his service to God and his choice to...
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.....e it gives them about themselves and their place in the world. The examined life is performed by one who acknowledges their own limitations and yet continues to seek the truth for truth’s sake, not for personal or political gains. For example, one person most likely to fulfill these characteristics of an examined life is an elementary school teacher who devotes his or her life to serving his/ her students, learning new ways of teaching and new information to impart to his/ her students, and thinking primarily of helping his/ herself by helping others. Most elementary school teachers get paid very little relative to their job importance and do their work not for the money, but for the joy they receive by teaching new generations of children.