When Socrates was put on trial and sentenced to death for inciting the young, he said in response, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
Leave it to Socrates to give us a teachable moment on the eve of his execution.
While scholars have argued about the exact meaning behind his words for centuries, I think it’s pretty clear; the only reason for being on this earth is to get to know ourselves. Everything else is pointless.
What’s interesting is how society still discourages us from doing that. Socrates had the same problem back in his day, only worse. People were expected to blindly follow the rules, worship the government sanctioned gods, and not questio...
A defining moment in my life happened when I was 9 and my best friend wrote me a “break up” letter. She told me that she didn’t want to be friends anymore because I always had the answers in class.
“Nobody likes a know-it-all,” the letter said. “It makes everyone else look bad.”
I was deeply hurt and confused by this. I found such pleasure in learning things. I would spend quite a bit of time studying my lessons because I truly enjoyed it. I also wanted to please my teacher by doing my best because she seemed as excited about the subjects as I was.
The thought never occurred to me that other people weren’t as enthusiastic as me. Why wouldn’t they want to show u...