An unexamined life is not worth Living–Socrates
This quote, as described in Plato’s Apology, is from the trial of Socrates, where he was convicted of “corrupting the youth” of Athens. Socrates believed so strongly in his philosophy that he chose the punishment of death rather than exile, and died by drinking poison hemlock. The “Socratic Method” teaches by asking questions and is still used today.
This poem contrasts the “unexamined life” in the first half of the palindrome with the “examined life” in the second half of the palindrome. I believe that we should not drift through life, accepting conventional wisdom without question. We should take responsibility for our own lives by asking the difficult questions to discover our true purpose. A purposeful life is meaningful and is in service to others.
Purpose of life?
Lassitude banishes purpose.
Here am I. Why am I?
Obscurity supersedes clarity.
Anxiety outpaces curiosity.
Crisis of identity.
Randomness overpowers intention.
Complexity of world…
World of complexity.
Intention overpowers randomness.
Identity of crisis.
Curiosity outpaces anxiety.
Clarity supersedes obscurity.
I am why. I am here.
Purpose banishes lassitude.
Life of purpose.
Copyright© 2021 by Cheryl Batavia
A Palindrome Poem.
There is a central word.
The first half and the second half of the poem
are mirror images of each other.