September 19, 2017
Plato’s Apology Reflection
Socrates is a brilliant philosopher whose life and teachings are still being used and studied in the modern world today. One of his famous statements is in the Plato’s Apology, “The unexamined life is not worth living” (Plato, trans. 1871). This statement has created plenty of discussions and confusions since nobody really knows what does Socrates truly mean when saying this. Therefore, it is viewed differently by each personal interpretation where ideas and opinion would come to influence; some would agree or disagree that is explained by their logic and reasons. This essay is going to analyze deeply what Socrates truly means when saying “The unexamined life is not worth living” (Plato, trans. 1871).
Plato’s Apology describes the entire process of how the idea of “the unexamined life is not worth living” (Plato, trans. 1871) is formed. In the story, Socrates is charged for corrupting the young and impiety in which he is trying to defeat against those who wrongly accused him. Before the court, he has done some examinations when questioning the wise men in Athens regarding to wisdom and knowledge with a purpose of trying to make them realize what they are missing of, or their ignorance in life. As his interview progresses, Socrates has come to his own realization that “All I know is that I know nothing” (Plato, trans. 1871). In his interview, he keeps asking people question, and the more he asks, the more he realizes how big the world is that there is no one can understand and master it all. And that people tell him he is wise, he refuses the status and remains to be a normal person. Using this to disprove all the people who are known or claimed to be wise, Socrates gains quite a big hate and dislike from the people which leads to his death despite his logic and evidences. Going near the end, Crito gives him the chance to escape by leaving Athens and stop teaching. A question is formed in his mind “Am I living my life according to my own rules, or the rules set for me by others?” (Plato, trans. 1871). He has examined himself during that time and has come to his true answer, his willingness of accepting death. This is the major difference of how an examine life would distinguishes him from the normal people who would put life above everything. On another hand, in reflection, Athens is where he is doing the things he loves, but now his own home abandons him; therefore, if he chooses to leave, there would be no difference and not worth living since there is no happiness or the fullness to his life. With the successful path to self-realization and examination, people view Socrates as one of the wisest men who can understand and know how to make himself improve better.
The deeper the analyze and understanding to Socrates’ quote, the closer it is for the audience to get what he truly means and for them to live out his message. It is better to first understand what does to be...