I saw this one online a few days ago, and it really got me thinking:
Is the unexamined life a life worth living?
As I understand it, this question asks whether a person who is capable of truly analysing his own actions is truly able to better himself, or if the process of self-examination somehow corrupts the essence of the individual. Can thinking about oneself too much cause a person to lose sight of the bigger picture and somehow over-complicate things? Is just letting things be the better option?
Personally, I would say that I owe a large part of who I am to my ability to be self-critical. I know lot of people who don't do this and they seem perfectly happy though. I find this question hard to answer as I really can't imagine not being self-critical. I think that it falls into the category of Ignorance is Bliss. Would you prefer ignorance if it guaranteed happiness, or do you derive a deeper level of happiness from investigating things in greater detail? Personally the latter is my choice.
I have a strip I wrote and illustrated awhile back dealing with a person perception of reality after developing cap graws sydrome. The final words of his doctor were "The unexamined life is not worth living and the overexamined life is unlivable. What a beautiful night." An thats my basic take on the subject.
"That's so hard. Example: Aristotle's Physics, the beginning bits, are foundational -- but they're hard, and surely not everyone needs to read them. If you're a scholar, sure.
I think you should know what's…"
"Here's a list of books that, as an English teacher, I feel are good, essential, important, etc. Some are newer, many are classics. I'll add to the list as I think of more but this is the best I can do at 6:30…"
"Not required reading, but these are probably good to read. I fully recognize how limited this list is and not inclusive of different authors and cultures.
Iliad & Odyssey
Hesiod - Theogony
"A nearly everyday experience for me at the Winnsboro Blue Granite Quarry. It's a mere 10-minute walk from my front door to this lofty spot. No need for for modesty here as there is seldom another soul around. Once known as "The Silk…"
There's a similar thread right now but it's bizarre and spammy. So. What, in your opinion, is required reading to be part of the human race? What is absolutely essential, whether it be philosophy, history, religion, or even classic fiction or poetry?See More