Hmmm… This quote sounds kind of harsh, right? I don’t think anyone likes to hear that they’re worthless. But, in the actual sense, I don’t think it really means that.
Personal development gurus always talk about separating time to do some self examination. The reason for this is simply to know what you’re made up of (spiritually, mentally, psychologically, etc.). I’m not talking about purpose here but just self knowledge. What do you have on the inside of you and what can you offer to the society?
Worth simply means value. You only regard something as valuable if it’s of use to you.
Take this scenario as an example:
“You were blessed with an artistic mind. You can draw, paint and even sculpt but you don’t see any importance or relevance in this gift. You only draw when there’s a pencil in your hand or paint when you see a brush and some water colour.
Two blocks from your house, there’s a little girl who loves art but is crude in drawing and painting. One day, she stumbles on one of your works and approaches you. She wants to know how to develop this talent of hers. Being that you only use your talent as a past time activity and see it as nothing relevant, you have NO IDEA of how to help out. She returns home only to begin a whole new search for an art tutor.”
Most of us see self examination as a daunting task. From the illustration above, you can see that you don’t need to look too deep in order to find out what you have and what you can give. Most times, it’s right in front of us but we fail to see it because we don’t want to.
Our achievements in life are linked in one way or the other. Our success in a particular area is sometimes connected to the help we get from someone else. What happens when that “someone else” has nothing to offer us at the time we need it? This doesn’t mean we won’t succeed but it’ll take a little bit longer.
In my opinion, by saying “an unexamined life is not worth living”, Socrates didn’t mean “worthless” as an entity but with respect to those in your environment. Life is only worthless if it’s of no use to you or the person by your side. We weren’t created to occupy space, so make impact, even in that little space.
What does that quote mean to you? I’d love to hear your view.
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