Calcium Carbonate In Us

Is the unexamined life worth living? http://pages.uoregon.edu/toadvine/treehead.jpg                                                                                                                                                      By Robert Gerzon I've always been fascinated by Socrates' bold statement that "The unexamined life is not worth living." He doesn't mince words. Calcium carbonate in us He doesn't say that the unexamined life is "less meaningful than it could be" or "one of many possible responses to human existence." He simply and clearly says it's not even worth living. Why does he make such strong, calcium carbonate in us unequivocal statement? Socrates believed that the purpose of human life was personal and spiritual growth. Calcium carbonate in us We are unable to grow toward greater understanding of our true nature unless we take time to examine and reflect upon our life. Calcium carbonate in us As another philosopher, calcium carbonate in us Santayana, calcium carbonate in us observed, calcium carbonate in us "He who does not remember the past is condemned to repeat it." Examining our life reveals patterns of behavior. Calcium carbonate in us Deeper contemplation yields understanding of the subconscious programming, calcium carbonate in us the powerful mental software that runs our life. Calcium carbonate in us Unless we become aware of these patterns, calcium carbonate in us much of our life is unconscious repetition. As a psychotherapist, calcium carbonate in us I see so many tragic examples of the effect of an unexamined life. Calcium carbonate in us I remember Melissa, calcium carbonate in us a sensitive, calcium carbonate in us attractive woman in her late forties who realized that a series of repetitive, calcium carbonate in us doomed-from-the-beginning relationships had used up so many years of her life that it was now too late for her to realize her dream of a husband, calcium carbonate in us home and family of her own. Calcium carbonate in us I recall Donald, calcium carbonate in us a caring, calcium carbonate in us hard-working man who ignored his wife and family for too many years and found himself depressed and living alone in an apartment by the time he came to see me. If only Melissa and Donald had taken the time to examine and reflect upon their lives as they were living them, calcium carbonate in us they could have made changes and had a different experience during their lifetime. The good news is that it is never too late to start examining our life more thoroughly -- and to reap the rewards. Calcium carbonate in us Melissa never had the child she wanted but she stopped recreating her past and eventually married a loving man who helped her heal her childhood wound of a father who deserted her. Calcium carbonate in us It was too late for Donald to get a second chance with his wife, calcium carbonate in us but he was able to build strong relationships with his children. We all have blind spots. Calcium carbonate in us Sometimes when I examine a chronic problem in my life, calcium carbonate in us I have that unsettling feeling that I must be missing something, calcium carbonate in us but I can't quite see what it is. Calcium carbonate in us We try to examine ourselves, calcium carbonate in us but none of us can see our own back side (our "shadow"). That's why Socrates' method of self-examination included an essential element that became known as "Socratic" dialogue. Calcium carbonate in us Dialoguing with a close friend, calcium carbonate in us a spouse, calcium carbonate in us a skilled psychotherapist or spiritual adviser helps reveal those blind spots we cannot see by ourselves. Our society discourages self-awareness with a weekly cycle of working and consuming that keeps us too busy to slow down for self-reflection. Calcium carbonate in us Consumer capitalism's game plan prefers an unaware and vaguely dissatisfied populace that tries to fill the emptiness inside with shiny new products. It's a radical act to stop and contemplate your life. Calcium carbonate in us But according to Socrates, calcium carbonate in us it's the only game that really matters. Calcium carbonate in us Original article is found at:  http://www.gerzon.com/resources/unexam_life.html