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After reading Platos account of Socrates defense the Apology I wascompletely blown away by the power of Socrates words and ideas The readingleft me thinking about how I felt regarding what he had said about virtuetruth and the quest for both In class we discussed Socrates search forvirtue and we touched on the topic of this paper the reasons Socratesbelieved that the unexamined life is not worth living for man It is myopinion that he is correct in that view and in this paper I intend to show you Like many philosophers alive in his time it was Socrates belief thatvirtue could only be attained through examination Only through explorationcan you really understand what virtue is and begin to act virtuouslyUnderstanding as well as sharing this information was very important goal to The significance of examining and understanding our lives is far greaterthan one might think Understanding and comprehending the behavior of friendsas well as of ourselves enables us to have empathy and compassion for themAnd allows us not to stand in judgment which in turn allows us to live themoral noble lives that Socrates spoke of Another belief of Socrates that supports his view is the idea that evilderives from ignorance and the failure to investigate or explore peoplesactions I believe this to be true also This idea also supports his beliefson death Socrates was not well liked because he explored his ignorance andwas eventually put to death because of it Marie Curie once said Nothing in life is to be feared it is only to beunderstood That could sum up a great deal of Socrates position in theApology why he was not shaken by death why he spoke of his relationship withthe gods and possibly even why he felt the unexamined life is not worth
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