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The first-century Roman statesman and philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero
wrote: “There is, I assure you, a medical art for the soul. It is philosophy, whose
aid need not be sought, as in bodily diseases, from outside ourselves. We must
endeavor with all our resources and strength to become capable of doctoring
ourselves.” This is what Socrates tried to teach his fellow citizens, through his
street philosophy. He’d strike up conversations with whoever he encountered on
his walks around the city (Athens had a small population, so most citizens knew
each other), to discover what that person believed, what they valued, what they
sought in life. He told his fellow Athenians, when they put him on trial for
impiety: “I go around doing nothing but persuading both young and old among
you not to care for your body or your wealth” but rather to strive for “the best
possible state of your soul.”

Jules Evans, Philosophy for Life and other dangerous situations, p. 19

Autor: LN

LN é sigla de Lucília Nunes. Este blog nasceu no Sapo em 2001. Esteve no Blogspot desde 01.01.2005. Importado para Wordpress a 21.10.2007. Ligado ao FaceBook desde 13.12.2010.

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