AS DISCUSSED_Socrates Essay - 26576

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Socrates considered it his religious duty to call his fellow citizens to the examined life by engaging them in philosophical conversation. I believe that the modern man can absolutely benefit from leading if not a complete Socratic lifestyle, then a moderate one. As I do observe how fast paced society is and wonder if anyone takes the time to think of their words and actions based on logic and actual meaning instead of impulse or emotion. We’re instantly available to contact from others, but it is not face to face contact (Gregory 1991). Taking time at all to think before acting or speaking should be encouraged. In this respect, maintaining any philosophical lifestyle, not just Socratic, seems like something one should consider. I find this to especially be the case with my generation and younger. There is obvious benefit in thinking deeply and thoroughly about ‘universal concerns’ as opposed to constantly worrying over insignificant daily details (Maritain 1930). Concepts like love, morality and freedom are important and often overlooked at this point in time. There is so many medium and stimuli immediately available, so many distractions to make opinions for us. Celebrities seem like new Gods who are idolized and emulated without a second thought. It can be very easy to forget that we should make up our own minds in everything, as well as about such lofty topics. In considering bigger pictures for yourself and not through a media filter, I feel that you gain perspective. With perspective, hopefully there is some sort of enlightenment. If anything in general can be said about the philosophical beliefs of Socrates, it is that he was morally, intellectually, and politically at odds with many of his fellow Athenians.                    


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