Socrates famously said, “the unexamined life is not worth living.”
Knowing yourself has extraordinary prestige in our culture. It has been framed as quite literally the meaning of life.
This idea of self-knowledge being the meaning of life yields many questions:
- Just why is self-knowledge such a prestigious good?
- Why is self-knowledge difficult to attain?
- What are the dangers that come with a lack of self-knowledge?
- What do we in fact need to know about ourselves?
- How do we come to learn such things?
What’s the point?
The most glaring and obvious reason to know yourself is that it leads to greater happiness and fulfillment.
We are all pretty crazy with our own set of idiosyncrasies and neuroses that if we don’t take the time to understand, we won’t know what we really want out of life.
It’s difficult to know yourself
Our society historically is very materialistic and does not value as much as it should self-reflection. 90s kids such as myself grew up in an environment where it was “manly” to suppress your feelings and emotions: a form of toxic masculinity.
Why is self-knowledge so important?
Dangers of not knowing yourself
Benefits of knowing yourself
How to get to know yourself
- Journaling is an effective way to process our emotions
- Psychotherapy is an effective tool for processing emotions
- Art as expression of emotion
👇 refactor this stuff based on ideas from Socrates and how to develop self-knowledge.
Emotions need to be felt to fully understand our thoughts, actions, and ultimately yourself.
Matrix “temet nosce” reference.