Thursday, August 25, 2005
Further on Apology
Per our conversation of the night before, I am posting this question. How does an examined life or knowledge of the self lead to wisdom in the greater world? If I know my motivations and needs, how does that help me to help others? Should I even be concerned with helping others? fulsome responded with the position that once a person understands their being, they will know how to act in every situation. Maybe this knowledge could not be used to help others, but one could lead an examined life as an example for those who are struggling through life. This reminded me of the small bit of Confucius that I have read which states that in order for s person to rule, he (gender is now irrelevant) must understand the motivations of his people. In order to understand the motivations of his people, he must understand the motivations of his household. Following this line to its finality, a ruler must understand their own motivations before they can rule anyone. Self-knowledge must be an awesome power and it is no wonder that so many people have written about it since. fulsome pointed out, again, last night that many have claimed that all of philosophy is but a footnote to Plato. Start at the top and make your way down.