Understanding and constantly re-examining our lives, striving for truth and to become the best versions of ourselves is what Socrates believed makes life worth living.
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Are we what we believe? Socrates famously stated "The unexamined life is not worth living."
According to Socrates, it is not enough for us to simply "believe" in who we are, we must use critical thinking to examine our actions and our behavior to justify any belief we may have in ourselves. I may believe that I care about people, but if I never go out of my way, or sacrifice any of my time or wealth to help someone else, is that belief justified?
Simone de Beauvoir and her Philosophical and life partner, Jean-Paul Sartre stated that who we are is a combination of the Facticity (facts about our lives) and Transcendence, (the potential or possibilities available to us based on our present situation) as well as the ambiguity we face as humans in being in this world and in living in the constant state of stress that trying to live an enlightened life of freedom entails.
Does history repeat itself? Is Dark matter pushing the universe into an ultimate slow frozen death or will the universe collapse under its own weight and expand again? Can we learn from our past? Do we recognize reality when we see it? Are there multiple dimensions? Are we nothing more than strings of energy?
There are several subjects touched upon in this song, please pick any that interest you and comment or post links below.
Progressive rock classic from Emmerson, Lake and Palmer. Maybe as they say, and some 20th century philosophers agree, it's enough just to know we are here from the beginning, and being here, being present, and just being is what really matters.
I saw Dr. Cornel West speak at the UBC Okanagan campus near where I live. He was compelling and insightful. This interview with him provides a modern and refreshing view of Socrates question, is "The Unexamined Life Worth Living?"
Bob Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone is one of the most played, most popular songs about self reflection and awareness, and also one of those songs that covers so much ground that most people can relate to at least
some part of the song.