Socrates or Why-way of learning the nature of things

Today I was passing through Socrates monument and got inspired to write about this great teacher of Ancient Greece.

Here is the story:)

Being a child Socrates was never satisfied with simple answers of his teachers, he refused to believe that “wrong is wrong ” and “true is true” , he wanted to  go deeper and  kept asking “why”  all the time.

Later this curious boy became a wise old man but he still kept asking  questions, debating issues and seeking answers. He was sure that a true teacher doesn’t simply give lectures  and ready answers but  make his students  think critically on their own.  (The strategy of learning by asking questions is known as the Socratic Method, and it is used throughout the world).

Later, at the  age of 70 Socrates  was found guilty at “teaching young men to think dangerous thoughts” and sentenced to death.

His last words were, “The hour of departure has arrived. We go our separate ways—I to die and you to live. Which is better is known to God alone.”

P.S.  I think Socrates’ ideas are more important that we can imagine. Even 2500 years  ago he taught to avoid taking anything for granted.  Unfortunately, at our century we don’t know where to go and what to do. We just follow the rules and traditions without clear understanding who we are and what we want. So…:) Don’t take your life for granted!! Go your own way!! And come to Athens!;)

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