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Who said "the unexamined life is not worth living"?

Posted by Bob on August 11, 2000

In Reply to: Who said "the unexamined life is not worth living"? posted by Bruce Kahl on August 11, 2000

: : Who said this ?

: Socrates

I'd like to add, by way of balance, that the OVER-examined life is a bore. (And you can quote me on that one.) There are a small number of people who live tedious lives of perpetual examination. Self-indulgent, self-involved, selfish... however you characterize them, they stare at their own navels and sign up for the latest spiritual fad that promises them that they are indeed the still point in a turning universe. They quote Socrates to justify this full-time occupation, but in fact, people who spend LESS time on self-examination, who get involved with other people, tend to have more interesting selves to examine.