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Ancient Greeks: Socrates on Being a Citizen of the World

Ancient Greeks: Socrates on Being a Citizen of the World

I am a Citizen of the World,
and my Nationality is Goodwill.

~ Socrates


Socrates, (born c. 470 bce—died c. 399 bce), Greek philosopher whose way of life, character, and thought exerted a profound influence on ancient and modern philosophy… The impact of his life was all the greater because of the way in which it ended: at age 70, he was brought to trial on a charge of impiety and sentenced to death by poisoning (the poison probably being hemlock) by a jury of his fellow citizens. Plato’s Apology of Socrates purports to be the speech Socrates gave at his trial in response to the accusations made against him (Greek apologia means “defense”). Its powerful advocacy of the examined life and its condemnation of Athenian democracy have made it one of the central documents of Western thought and culture.” ~ Encyclopaedia Britannica

READ MORE: Socrates; Greek Philosopher | Encyclopaedia Britannica


Human nature has not changed over the millennia. The question is, do we learn from history?

While our immediate responsibilities may reside in our own small circles, we all are actually citizens of the greater world. Hey Everybody, we’re in this together! <3 Goodwill to all!

That’s one of my thoughts. Care to share what you are thinking?


Ancient Greek Wisdom  

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

12 Comments

  1. smilecalm

    earthlings!
    many are quite
    aware of the state
    of things, like you 🙂

    Reply
  2. usfman

    I would just seek to be educated about the writings of Socrates at this point and then find some useful ideas to follow.

    Reply
  3. John Fioravanti

    Socrates was way ahead of his time – he’s ahead of ours too. We need to merge our nation states into a global confederation. It doesn’t mean abandoning our national identities, but it does mean adopting a global identity as primary. It has a chance of working if we can figure out a way to prevent the wealthy 1% from controlling it all.

    Reply
  4. swo8

    I am a Citizen of the World,
    and my Nationality is Goodwill.
    ~ Socrates
    I like that.
    Leslie

    Reply
      • swo8

        I think so too…

  5. Rosaliene Bacchus

    I am human. I am a citizen of Mother Earth. My nationality is goodwill.

    Reply

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