Which statement would you consider to be wiser in relation to the wisdom of King Solomon and Socrates?

 I like living, or I liked living?

I borrowed the above feature image from Purple ray’s Blog which contained the statement “I like living.”

It brought in my mind the statement of Socrates.

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Socrates, having been convicted of “corrupting youth” by teaching them to examine in search of truth on matters or issues in life that were believed by those in authority in his time and culture.

His sentence was to be given a choice to be exiled or to die, he chose death rather than never being able to do what hie loved doing in life.

“Since Socrates was religious and trusted his religious experiences, such as his guiding daimonic voice, he accordingly preferred to continue to seek the truth to the answer to his question, in the after-life, than live a life not identifying the answer on earth.”[1]

The Purpose of This Post

Is to relate an ancient Ecclesiastes verse to the Socrates verse to provide a clue to the two statements in relation to another conundrum. “The meaning of life.”

King Solomon

4There is hope, however, for anyone who is among the living; for even a live dog is better than a dead lion.5For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward, because the memory of them is forgotten.… (Ecclesiastes 9:4-5)

(A dog in ancient Israel was considered the lowliest of animals and the lion the most esteemed.)

What’s My Point?

These two men in history were considered wise.  Yet King Solomon verse implies living any life is better than death. Also, once we are dead, hope becomes a meaningless entity.

Socrates chose death rather than to live in exile and do what he loved doing in life.

My point is anyone interested in this conundrum to consider the wisdom implied in the following answer to the conundrum of which statement is wiser, “I like living, or, I liked living.


If person is still alive and he or she states either they like, or liked living, they would have had to examined their life before dying.

Or if they were dead and experiencing the truth of an afterlife judgement by their Maker, they are experiencing either a heaven or a hell existence.

In My Opinion

The difference was at the time of King Solomon, the belief in an afterlife was to different than in the time of Socrates.

Obviously, the picture of Agatha Christie in the feature image and the statement implies that she likes living was while she was still alive.

As for whether Agatha makes the latter statement “I liked living” after her death, only her Maker knows.

Or in other words, the wisest time in life to examine your life is while you are still living.

If Interested

Read the Source Links below

You Decide

If after reading and considering this conundrum, should we consider the wisdom of both King Solomon and Socrates verses while we still are still alive?

Are we wise to choose to live like a dog or die like a lion, if we have never taken the time to examine the truth of our life in hopes when we are judged by our Maker where we will be or experiencing when we say “I liked my life?”

Source Links

Wikipedia, Socrates


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