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Socrates was possibly the most uncomplicated man in all of human history He was simply what he believed in with no flair pomp or circumstance In both the physical and mental sense he was exactly who he was proclaiming to be and nothing else Socrates was simple in that there were no layers to his personality no hidden characteristics You got exactly Socrates the man who believed only that I do not think I know what I do not know By the time of his defense Socrates had spent the whole of his life traveling and talking searching for men that were wise He sought men who professed to have some sort of knowledge about something and he proceeded to unfold their claims bit by bit through conversation in an effort to determine if they did in fact possess wisdom Unfortunately up until his defense he had not yet met anyone who passed his examination Most men proclaimed knowledge about a particular subject then almost by default assumed that this made them wise about any number of other subjects As we must know proficiency in horseshoeing does not make someone an equine veterinarian but to this day people as a whole still have this tendency to overlap themselves in this manner Part of this phenomenon is due to fear of embarrassment from lack of knowledge and some of it is due to fear of failure of ones own expectationsSocrates unlike most people today had the ability to ask why without shame He was not embarrassed by his lack of knowledge on any topic and did not hesitate to ask questions Furthermore when asking questions he was not concerned with the answers themselves but rather with the implications of those answers and what they revealed about the people who gave them When people talk about themselves or about a topic they have experience with there is an unconscious standard for which they strive This
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