4. ‘Gnothi Seuton’ (know thyself)
One of the ways of knowing yourself is understanding your belief system. Our beliefs are subconscious and we are least bothered to critically examine them before accepting them, according to Socrates.
We thereby refuse to hear anything that contradicts with our beliefs. Now how do we know where our belief system is creating the problem?
Well, you can either take a psychological test or can meditate or the easier and most under looked way is self-observation. You cannot blame TV, teachers, parents, friends or even yourself for the beliefs you have and it is not even important to play the blame game here. The important thing is you want to get rid of it now.
Being in relationships or busy schedules are not necessarily the problems but if the problems you face are 99% times caused due to these then you need to accept and fix the belief system.
You need to watch for yourself over your emotions and thoughts and let go of the beliefs which you hold blindly and which is holding you back. The answers to your questions are inside you!
5. Wars and revolutions and battles are due simply and solely to the body and its desires.
All wars are undertaken for the acquisition of wealth, and the reason why we have to acquire wealth is the body because we are slaves in its service.
The undying desire of man to acquire wealth just to serve his body is the root of most evil the world sees today. Wars, in one way or other, is always a quest for wealth and power.
The hunger to acquire wealth and power which is nothing but transitory has driven men to flow rivers of blood. Any men who can rise above this belief of serving his body and accept himself in his entirety will not long for war or wealth and there by living a life of peace and prosperity.
6. Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.
This one deep- very deep lesson from Socrates. We may think we know what is better for us and keep praying and wishing for it but do we really know what is on another side of that wish?
There is another famous quote “be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.” So why not we leave the decision for what’s best for us in the hands of God and pray for everyone’s well being.
Peace and prosperity to everyone on earth. Praying for one, we might be wishing for something less or something wrong but praying for the whole collective we are praying for something that cannot be wrong and in reward, God can bless you with what’s best for you.
7. From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.
Deep desire is a powerful motivator, especially when thwarted. And deep desire often goes unfulfilled. These very strong emotions, being less than fulfilled, can lead to other equally strong emotions.
Usually, that shows up as a great hatred or rage. That alone should be a strong argument against living in a strong emotional state for any length of time.
Emotions are good, but they still need bounds. When we totally immerse ourselves in our passions, our deep desires our longings that is when we find contempt for ourselves, for others.
To become familiar with someone or something is to lose compassion and charity. Our vision and judgment become clouded; we see “red.”