Published June 24, 2018


Part 4

Continued from Part 3

   What is the “unexamined life”? Reportedly the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates defended himself and challenged his accusers at his trial, with the assertion: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” His statement refered to the importance of using Reason as a guiding principle in thinking and making choices.

   Whether we call it the unexamined life or the unexplored life, the point is the same. To reject or disregard the presence of Higher principles within us, in forming our life view, is dangerous and deadly. Though Socrates, and other great thinkers through the ages, correctly valued reason and logic over the emotions, even they were ignorant of the power and potential of the “Enlightened Reason” of human beings that are spiritually mature and balanced.

   An unexamined life is what most people are living. If we are asked, at almost any point in our life journey, about our identity, life view, world view, or overall purpose to life, most people would sputter a few unrehearsed, nonsensical answers. For identity we might give name, rank, and serial number. After that we consider our likes and dislikes, jobs, career, family, friends, and religious beliefs.  In reality these are things that happened to us. They are life experiences and though important they are not who we really are.

   Identity: “the distinguishing character or personality of an individual”.

That is a pretty good dictionary definition but it doesn’t fill in the whole picture. Who are you? What makes you who you are? These questions expose the root cause of all our problems in life. We spend our lives grappling with the effects that are caused by our lack of interest or misunderstanding of who we are.

   There is a voice in our head that we think is our own, and it is always telling us who we are. We have ancestry and a history that tell us what to believe about ourselves. Our conditioned responses to our life’s journey reveal who we have been, but aren’t we more than our thoughts, experiences, and emotions encased in a physical body? Most of us believe we are!

So what powerful force could destroy our human impulse to grow and thrive? Why do some of us get into what seems like a bottomless pit of despair and decide that ending our life is better than enduring it?


To Be Continued in Part 5