Monday, December 6, 2010
338 / The Examined Life
According to Socrates, "the unexamined life is not worth living."
If we do "examine" our life, I think we come quickly to that basic question I've mentioned before: "who am I and what am I doing here?"
For me, at least, it's pretty clear that this question gets us to the "we" versus "me" issue, and puts "politics" in predominance.
As I understand it, Socrates was on trial for what was essentially his "political" activity, and he thought that the death sentence meted out to him was "worth it," as the price of politics.
According to Socrates, we realize our full humanity (again, if I understand the situation correctly) only as we engage in the political activities that define our world.