Anyway, my point about the lack of evidence for a true, physical, ego is, it feels subjectivly like it is a single point that makes decisions. Socrates felt that if he was unable to examine life, he would not be really living. When he was convicted for impiety to the gods and for corrupting the youth because he had taught the young adults to question, he was given the opportunity to propose his own penalty. Sure, human's are smarter, but we have no reason to go around killing crockodiles, so it doesn't matter that we are smarter. Even as grand as we think our intelligence may be, though, it is quite paltry and insignificant.
Socrates seems to have always had clear intentions, even if he exposed it in roundabout ways. Socrates believed over analysing and examining our lives would lead to better ones, whereas De Montaigne would advise us to spend less time over-analysing and overthinking things as it leads to insecurities that we are all far better off without. Some people would answer that the purpose of life is money and property, while others would say the purpose of life is happiness and family. This awareness of different stories of the universe and of different value systems was a stimulus which encouraged reflective evaluation of their own values for the Greeks. A mere chance of occurrence with no real purpose.
How can consciousness come from neurons? Socrates, a Greek philosopher, 470-399 B. In the process, I felt myself losing that simple sense of joy in the moment and this made me sad. Things do not change;we change. You can progress without goals, yes, but it's often directionless. And if I tell you that no greater good can happen to a man than to discuss human excellence every day and the other matters about which you have heard me arguing and examining myself and others, and that an unexamined life is not worth living, then you will believe me still less. We will one day walk into a grocery store and expect to be told by automated systems exactly where to find the peanut butter, and without this connection, we will wander aimlessly and truly be lost.
Tragically, he eventually rocks himself to death because the voices never stop. One has to exanimate himself every day to find the meaning of life and to live a worthy life. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. That's what examination gets him. In a sense, that we are all living life, but it has no worth if we do not examine it for soundness. Many people would have different purposes; however, they would generally be the same. Besides, the use of scientific procedures cannot provide quick answers to philosophical problems.
He would no longer be able to teach others, let alone question and examine his own life. We must occasionally question ourselves and the world, as otherwise we will act without reason, and be unable to distinguish between good or bad actions, and without this way of thinking Socrates might argue we are no better off than animals. Who has proven that our consciousness exists inside of our brain? In this way, even a person with a mental or physical disability that prevents them from complete mental process, can still provoke thought about what they are doing. Rather than living an unexamined life, Socrates chose death, and these words are attributed to the philosopher during one of his last speeches before his suicide. Socrates lived his life to question and to wonder. The jury charged Socrates for introducing new gods and questioning the credibility of the existing gods.
Really, unless a person is severely damaged mentally, I don't know how he or she could not examine his or her life. In this way an unexamined life is not worth living because without examining life you can not determine its worth to you, and therefore have no reason to want to live. Thank you, Fred, for another thought-provoking Thursday Blog. At the very pinnacle of his fame and productivity as a writer, Leo Tolstoy suddenly lapsed into a spiritual crisis. He hardly accepts other's advice or suggestion, which obstructs him from receiving the knowledge from other.
September 09, 2010 Is the unexamined life not worth living? The way you've turned a phrase, though, is tempting to call a Socraticly ironic illumination. As long as things do not make complete sense at least I do not try to fixate to anything. If that is enough for you I will not attempt to convince you that you are wrong. And an examined life, in order to find happiness and meaning of life, has to be based on the virtue of man. But every assumption which we make should itself be examined in order that we can be honest with ourselves in living an examined way of life. We are not outside of the phenomena. In all his tasks, he pursued them single-mindedly.
In my understanding, I could say that there is no way a person can answer the question regarding the afterlife. Why there are still crocodiles and where are all the hybrids that would be needed for the transformation of species in large leaps such as from apes to humans. For Socrates, this would be absurd. Another important idea that has been troubling me is about things that happen when we die. Like marbles capable of clacking into other marbles, due to the closing of the gap in the space between them, all of our experiences are subject to the relativity of how they coexist with every thing that exists outside of that position.