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‘The Unexamined Life is not Worth Living’
August 23, 2007, 2:10 pm
Filed under: School Papers

When Socrates said, “The life which is unexamined is not worth living”, the philosopher was telling us that we should carefully analyze our actions, a piece of advise for which he should be admired. We should not ignore such a thought-provoking statement about life. The philosopher is telling us that we should carefully analyze our actions. The examination of life is the evaluation of events past and present. By examining our lives, we learn from our mistakes. Although a person who does not examine his life should still continue in existence, examining his actions will make his life much more fulfilling. Without the thorough examination of life, it is almost worthless.

If a person does not examine his life, he may keep making the same mistakes and never change. He would go on in sin and error, not realizing or caring about his mistakes. This would be a tragic mistake, but avoidable if he simply examined his heart and actions for fault, which he would surely find, and pray that he would be able to correct them. Even the best people make mistakes, and the truly great ones recognize and fix them. The great general Robert E. Lee examined his life thoroughly until he died, and therefore found mistakes and improved upon them. He once said, “[Defeats] are sent … to prevent our falling into greater disasters.” But how can a person keep from falling into greater disasters if he does not examine the past?

The Apostle Peter says that while waiting for the return of Christ, one should “make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with Him.” The only way a person can do this is to examine himself, and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal his mistakes and help him to fix them. One should definitely do everything he can to obey what Paul says in the Bible, and examining one’s life is a large part of this effort of which Paul speaks. Although perfection is impossible, one can certainly improve himself by merely critiquing his actions for the better.

The examination of one’s life makes it much more enjoyable and pleasing to God. All people will commit sins, so inspection of actions will help in locating flaws. Once found, sins can be corrected. This will avoid many problems that occur because of sin, and will be a good step into becoming more like Christ. The benefits will be immediate, and the rewards will be great. Consider this example: there are two people, one who examines his life thoroughly, and one who does not care about past actions, but lives only for the present. The one who examined his life found many sins, prayed for forgiveness and for help in correcting them. The other also committed many sins, but he did not take the time to consider them. Most of the time, he did not realize his wrongdoings. He continued to sin and sin, getting worse everyday. The small act of examination of actions makes a huge difference in one’s life.

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” Despite the fact that a man with an unexamined life should still continue to exist, he will not achieve the fulfillment that an examined life will. A person who does not recognize his own sin will never be able to fix it, whereas a man who examines his actions and realizes his mistakes is able to improve upon them. Socrates’ wise words should be remembered and followed by all so that we can learn from the errors we make.

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You young many are wise beyond your years…clearly you are receiving a superior education. God bless you and your family. I look forward to you and your siblings making our world a better place.

Comment by Don

ALSO THE SMOKER OR DRUG ADDICT WHO DOES NOT EXAMINE HIS LIFE WILL END UP RUINING HIS LIFE.IT MAY EVEN LEAD TO DEATH OR MADNESS, HE FAILS TO GIVE A PROPER EXAMINATION OF HIS LIFE.DOING WHAT IS NOT GENERALLY ACCEPTALE MEANS ONE’S LIFE THOROUGHLY EXAMINED.

Comment by Albert Williams

It is a must that one examines his life thoroughly and seek for divine intervention to correct all faults

Comment by Fred Fredricks

nor is a over examined life worth living

Comment by j. carpenter




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