Monday, January 23, 2012

What Socrates taught me...


“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.” 
- Socrates
Although he wrote nothing about life and teachings, all we know about Socrates is from his students; Aristophanes, Plato, and Xenophon. From their records, we know him to be the father of modern philosophy and ethics. A man full of great logic and paradoxical wisdom which was reflected throughout his life and even in death.
The legacy he left is quite profound and can still be applied to our society even after many centuries since he died.
He was wise because he was an independent thinker and questioned the status quo, thereby offending the government and politics of society which eventually led to his persecution and death by poison (a death he freely accepted). Plato referred to Socrates as, “Gadfly of the state” because his words stung the government and caused the younger generation to challenge Athenian politics.
He spoke the truth even when highly unpopular and never accepted what was ought to be because society said so. If you give yourself a moment to think, you’ll find that this trait is very common amongst great people of history (Jesus, the disciples, Gandhi, MLK, Martin Luther, Elizabeth Stanton, etc). During their lifetime they where considered radicals and seen as threat to the society when infact, they were soldiers of truth, fought till death for what they believed in and most importantly they challenged the authority and changed history forever.
We can learn a thing or two from them.


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