Socrates would roam the public places of Athens asking relentless questions that challenged the assumptions and beliefs of his day. He demanded that people think about social justice and personal worthiness. In the end, the state thought him enough of a threat to national security that they sentenced him to death for his subversive ideas. When given an opportunity to escape, he refused because it would violate his principles.
Socrates famously said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” He believed that the purpose of human life was personal and spiritual growth. We are unable to grow toward greater understanding of our true nature unless we take the time to examine and reflect upon our life. Examining our life reveals patterns of behavior. Unless we become aware of these patterns, much of our life is just unconscious repetition, and that’s not worth living.
Take Away: The unexamined life is not worth living.