Sunday, July 28, 2013

Socrates On Change

Socrates lived during a time of great change.  He started out as a master stonecutter, served in the military and became a philosopher.  During his trial, he argued "anyone on the jury who thinks I ought to retreat from philosophy must also think soldiers should retreat when it seems likely that they will be killed in battle."  He was found guilty.  His followers bribed the prison guards so he could escape, however, he chose to stay in his cell and be put to death for his beliefs.

If Socrates was guilty of anything, he was guilty of making others aware of their own stupidity.  He himself claimed to be aware of his own ignorance which made him wiser than everyone else who claimed to be wise.  The more stupid he made his adversaries appear, the more they wanted him dead.

Socrates liked to ask questions.  He challenged people to search for answers.  He lived without fear.  He viewed change as an opportunity to build on the new without fighting the old.  His quote above is timeless.  My Greek friend from high school shared it on her FB page and now I'm sharing it with you.  If you like the message, please pass it on to your friends.  Don't forget to leave your comments below.

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