Do you consider yourself wise?
According to Socrates, the father of Western Philosophy, if you claimed to be a wise person, that itself made you unwise. For him, a true wise person is conscious of his/her own ignorance.
Socrates was considered to be the wisest person during that time in Greece. Despite this, Socrates was aware of his own ignorance. Not once did he consider himself as a wise man. Socrates believed that our soul will only improve if we see ourselves as lacking in knowledge. Thus, he believed that the continuous quest for knowledge is the most valuable thing in life.
Do you agree with Socrates?
Think about it for a moment. Why do you think the most successful people in the world never stop learning? For instance, it was said that the average CEO reads at least one book a week, that’s 52 books in a year. Compare that number with the two to three books that an average person reads in a year. Why do they do that considering the fact that they are already on top of their games? Don’t you think that continuous learning has a direct correlation to success?
Learning is not just limited to school or in books. You can also learn a lot from your experiences and of course, the people around you – your peers, mentors, parents and elders. Yet, most of us take learning for granted. When was the last time you listened to your parents?
There are people who stay in a bad relationship. Will they do that if they have learned their lessons in the first place? Other people gets stuck in the rat race for years. That would have been prevented if they have learned their lessons on money early on. How about a person who is critically ill? I’m pretty sure before that even happened, the body had been giving signals to that person yet that person chose to ignore them.
The point is if we want to live happier, healthier, wealthier and a more successful life; we need to accept the fact that we don’t know everything. There is always somebody out there who knows more than you do. Find meaning in life through learning. Listen to others and understand what life is trying to tell you.