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Socrates the great Greek philosopher was a man of the people His father was an artisan one of the stone masons who squared fixed and polished the blocks of which the Parthenon was built Socrates took up the chisel of his father the stone mason He felt himself to be a born artisan but he was more attracted to fashioning a different sort of material the human soul with the same certainty knowledge and workmanly conscientiousness he applied to his stone work He felt the artisan bound to his trade by strict and delicate rules was most capable of understanding the human soul He wanted to invent a technique for producing noble characters His mother who was a midwife provided another foundation for Socrates life vision He would deliver souls of the truth they bore within themselves He would become a midwife for souls Socrates was known for being very strange almost extravagant in his behavior However he was also a man of great common sense and strict logic Fat with bulging eyes snub nose broad nostrils and a wide mouth he was considered the ugliest man in Athens Since he held the body in such low esteem he rarely took a bath But as his friends knew he was all glorious within the most upright man of that day His self-control and powers of endurance were exemplary he had so schooled himself to moderation that his scanty means satisfied all his wants And he came to be considered one of the greatest philosophers of all time Socrates believed our most important task in fact the very meaning of our lives was the care of ones soul He believed the soul was our true self our very essence and our bodies the mere instrument utilized in dealing with the physical world Socrates seemed confidant that human beings survive physical death
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