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A Journey Of Self Examination Essay

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As the wise Greek philosopher Socrates ever so boldly put it, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” In essence, in a bit mellower of terms, that is to say that if you do not take the time out to analyze the core values of your life, you are limiting the quality and depth of your life. In regards to this matter, I’d like to turn to some advice from Robert Gerzon. Robert holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology and is a licensed Mental Health Counselor. He has also authored a book called, “Finding Serenity in an Age of Anxiety”. “As a psychotherapist, I see so many tragic examples of the effect of an unexamined life. The good news is that it is never too late to start examining our life more thoroughly – and to reap the rewards.” (Gerzon) One might wonder how they can go about this self examination and perhaps if they are a busy individual, where they can find the time to partake in this self-examination. In my opinion, there is not an academic subject out there that helps you to engage in self-examination more effectively than the study of philosophy. For me, philosophy is really about getting to the root of life’s most fundamental questions such as the existence of God and tearing them apart in a systematic manner until you arrive at a conclusion you personally can feel comfortable about.
While engaging in self-examination through the study of philosophy, I’ve had several epiphanies. I’ve begun to question things that previously I had not even paid any serious attention to, such as what exactly constitutes knowledge. In hindsight, I feel that I was naïve to such a matter before taking a philosophy course. It could perhaps be said that I ‘lacked the knowledge’ of just what knowledge is. I had just never actually sat down and questioned such a thing. I suppose I was simply too preoccupied with day-to-day matters to ponder such a thing, as is likely the...

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