The Will Rogers “Quote of the Day” as shown in the chalkboard area of the header above basically says that we should take the time to learn from those who were much wiser than us so that we can keep from making the same mistakes. In previous generations, that is before technology increased to hyper-speeds, we looked to our grandparents for worldly advice. I still remember the TV show “The Waltons” that supposedly took place in the 1930s, where the grandparents were consulted on every decision a family had to make.
Maybe more recent generations grandparents aren’t as wise as we previously thought they were back then, but there are many people, even those from centuries ago, who have valuable wisdom to pass on to us. One of the prime purposes for RJsCorner is to do just that. Too many people around today think they already have all the wisdom they need in life. That may be true if you only strive to just get by day-to-day.
But, I think most of us want more from life than just getting by. We want to make this world a little better for our children and grandchildren, and hopefully, everyone else. To accomplish that, we need to learn a little more each day of our lives. To me, to say I have learned enough, even in my 75 years of existence, is absolutely fool hearty. As Socrates said twenty-four-hundred years ago
“The unexamined life is not worth living”
The most important part of life is to find purpose and value and why you are on this earth. Socrates believed that If a person chooses to live their life without thorough examination, they would lack value and as a result never find happiness. They would also be ignorant to the effects of their choices have on themselves and the people around them. They don’t want to know about the truth, and they don’t know who they are.
That seems to describe far too many people today. They take some very flawed person’s truth as absolute, when in reality it is absolute garbage. They can’t fathom or realize the damage they are doing through their own ignorance.
Another ancient philosopher also had something to say about that, that is very relevant to our times. That person was Plato, who was a student of Socrates. Plato did not believe that democracy is the best form of government. According to him, equality brings power-seeking individuals who are motivated by personal gain. They can be highly corruptible, and this can eventually lead to tyranny. This possible destruction of democracy is easy to see in today’s world, isn’t it?
If we constantly examine our lives, we will realize how critical it is to learn from those who have more wisdom than we do. Democracy depends on an informed electorate and we seem to be losing that a little more every day now!