“A Bunch of Self Discoveries”

Philosophy 101, 2:00

In this paper I am going to attempt to discuss things I have never thought about before this class. Thinking with a question before answer attitude has never been the way I’ve done things. Nevertheless I have developed infinite questions through reading The Trial and Death of Socrates. Socrates’ beliefs provided me with many questions about my own life. How important is truth to me? How strong are my convictions? In this paper I will focus on my own pursuit of truth, circumstances, my important values, and the things that shape my life. I have thought of Socrates’ pursuits of truth, and developed questions from them. How is Socrates so strong in his convictions? What makes Socrates pursue truth so diligently? How is he unable to tell a lie? I can think of countless circumstance where lying could be beneficial to himself and others. Instead Socrates puts such an emphasis on truth. This makes me wonder about truth in my life. I concluded that truth isn’t really that important to me. I respect someone who believes in truth so much that they would give their life for it. Personally there are no convictions I believe in so strongly that I would die for it. What should shape my life? Socrates says the pursuit of truth. I think that the 2 things Socrates says shouldn’t shape your life shape mine. I place a large importance on wealth and public opinion. My main focus of this paper is to examine how Socrates thought and come up with questions about my life based on his beliefs.

Pursuit of truth is something Socrates lived his life by. He was so consumed by it that he chose a lifestyle of poverty for him and his family. It began to get me wondering, what is true? What is right? What is just? Would I compromise material things for truth? Since the first day of class you have asked these 3 questions. It is frustrating to me that you continue to ask us questions that can never be answered. It makes me realize I don’t spend my life pursuing truth. It would drive me crazy because it could never stop. If I spend time thinking about something, I want answers, and on this subject there are none. Truth is not one of my values that I think are very important. It is too hard for me to understand this concept of truth. Socrates says something can’t be true for you, unless it is true for anyone under those circumstances. Until now I never thought of that! I realize now that just because I think something is true doesn’t mean it is. How can we know what is really true? We can’t!!!!! This makes me angry because I want to know what is exactly true, and that’s not possible. I might think something is wrong, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. Truth is unable to be determined, and that is so frustrating to me. This reminds me of the Hitler example. He killed millions of people, and I think that is wrong. Just because I think it is wrong doesn’t mean it can’t be true. What is true for Hitler is dramatically different than what is true for me. I wonder where I have developed my personal truths? My philosophy is that my truths come from my upbringing. My personal truths all stem from what my parents taught me. Within these truths I also developed thoughts on what I think is just and right. Reading Socrates gets me questioning my own truths, and what is right. I don’t know that my parents are right. They want me to be like them, but it doesn’t mean THEY are right or true. I agree that something can’t be true for you if it’s not true for the whole. That is why I struggle with finding my own truths. Because through Socrates I realize that I have no proof that what I think is true. No matter what people tell me, I will never know if what they say is true. That is why I am reluctant to pursue truth as strongly as Socrates.

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