Socrates on Self-Confidence
Published last year, 2012, May 23, by British philosopher Botton Alain, the video traces the origin of one of the greatest thinkers and philosophers Socrates whose legacy lives long after his death. He was a great man who believed in his ideas and thoughts to the extent that he had to die for what he stood for. In the modern civilization, people will find the movie very interesting. The narrator has traveled many miles to visit the city where Socrates is immortalized in his statue. The philosopher died 2500 years ago. In a powerful display, the narrator reminds viewers and listeners of what Socrates once said and which is still relevant in today’s world. In one of his philosophical treatises, he said that happiness is inborn. One derives pleasure from the great things he does to other people.
People ought to think critically to be less conformist to other people’s ideas. Socrates was an embodiment of people who are certain, confident, and sure of themselves. It is not advisable to follow sheepishly other people’s opinions. One ought to put a question why they are doing so, even if these people are in authority. He uses an example of a person who had to disagree with his seniors because he was sure that what he believed in would benefit the company he worked at. He went ahead and started his own company. He applied his instincts, character, and personal convictions in charting a new course in life. In everyday life, people face with various challenges like making difficult decisions and moving new directions, most of the time disobeying or going against the status quo. Self-confidence requires that people believe in themselves; they should not fall under the influence of other people’s opinions. Andrew was not discouraged with his bosses’ pessimism about him (De, Crombie, Lowenstein, 2004).
Philosophy and belief in oneself are very important in achieving self-confidence. People should be more independent and not influenced by what other people think about them. The story is particular relevant to people who just move along with the crowd and do not believe in their own powers. This happens because these people are easily swayed by people’s opinions and this tendency overrides their own opinions and beliefs about what they would rather stand for. In order to make sound judgments in situations with a myriad of options and decisions they have to seek the ways that would make the best result to them. This is because they have little confidence in their own thoughts. Truth is achieved through a step-by-step analysis of available options until a specific solution is reached.
The presentation was so convincing and reinforces what has already been studied in class. In today’s world, people must rise above the status quo; they should challenge it. People in authority ought to be questioned. The virtue of their being in authority should not be a hindrance towards seeking the truth. People are born uniquely with different talent and gifts. Thus, they have a necessary background to make a valuable to the society and to the lives of people who adore them. The strengths of this video are numerous. The author takes viewers to the origin of the great man remembered several centuries after his death. The narration is powerful and very convincing. The main weakness of the story is that the author is not able to identify whether the statue represents the real Socrates. Socrates is depicted half-naked; and this depiction seems less regarding to the man who is held in high esteem in many people’s hearts.
The story addresses the challenges of modern life. It exposes the facts of modern life. Overall, the story is an inspiration to people to believe in themselves and be more self-confident.
- De, B. A., Crombie, N., & Lowenstein, C. (2004). Philosophy: A guide to happiness. Sydney: ABC Video.