About the Book
About the Author
Socrates discovered theimportance of soulful living as the basis for a good life. For him,
happiness could only be achieved by someone who was acutely concerned
with the state of his soul, and in keeping it healthy. Socrates
embodied this philosophy in his own life, in that he was a completely
integrated and holistic person. He brought together in his own person
physical training for his body as well as a belief in the power of
his rational mind, and at the same time did not ignore the
non-rational or intuitive side of his self. All these aspects of
himself: the feelings, emotions, thoughts, physical impulses and
intuitive insights together formed the self or person as he saw it,
and the aim of the philosophical life was to make certain that this
integrated holistic self maintained a healthy equilibrium in life.
This meant that inner and outer life was in balance, with the self
fully integrated into family life, the larger community, and society
as a whole, as well as being in harmony with the natural world.
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