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Thursday, September 25, 2008

History : Socrates

Today we read about the famous Greek philosopher Socrates in a children's picture book Wise Guy: The Life and Philosophy of Socrates by M.D. Usher.

We learnt that Socrates was one who loved to question about things. He was not proud but admitted openly that he knows nothing. And THAT was the beginning of his quest for knowledge and wisdom. It was a precious lesson on humility.

We made a little accordian file with pages in it that tells the story of Socrates. The boys had to read and decide for themselves what they wanted to write. I gave them 4 key questions as a guide. They are:
1. Who was Socrates?
2. What was Socrates like as a child?
3. What are some of Socrates famous sayings?
4. What happened to him in the end?

We googled and found lots of his quotes. Some of them were a little too profound for my boys to appreciate but they got the general idea for most of them. Here are some of our favourites:

* He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.
* He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
* It is not living that matters, but living rightly.
* Let him that would move the world first move himself.
* Wisdom begins in wonder.
* Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.
* True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.

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