“An Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living”

an unexamined life is not worth living

If you stopped right now and was brutally honest in the examination of your life, what would you discover? Would you be happy with what you have accomplished so far in life?  Or, would you be disappointed by all the unfulfilled dreams?

No one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes, the problem arises when we fail to be honest in our self-evaluation and deny the truth in a misguided attempt to avoid the pain of humiliation, disappointment or shame.

Part of the reason why so many people fail to examine their lives is because they are ashamed at what they will find.  The other reason some people fail to examine their lives is because they feel there is no need for such an examination.

Yet, I disagree. We grow by examination because we can learn from our successes, but more important, we can learn from our mistakes.  Of course, we know that not because we know something is detrimental to our physical and mental health means that we will make the necessary changes to avoid those things.  Change in any form is difficult for many people.

So one may ask, “Why bother to examine my life if I am unable to make the necessary changes for improvement”? Change is difficult, but not impossible; you just have to make the commitment if something is important to you.  Therein lies the problem, how important is it to you to quit drinking, gambling, overeating, cheating, lying or the number of other bad habits you want to change.

It is only by examination that you will discover what is important to you and you will see from your life the desires that have controlled you and the poor choices you have made repeatedly to satisfy those desires.

QUOTE: “An unexamined life is not worth living”, comes from Socrates.


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