How might one describe the two opposing philosophical positions inherent in the quotations given below?  "I don't really think; I just walk." - Paris Hilton "The unexamined life is not worth...

How might one describe the two opposing philosophical positions inherent in the quotations given below?

 

"I don't really think; I just walk." - Paris Hilton

"The unexamined life is not worth living." - Socrates

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Paris Hilton is supposed to have said, "I don't think; I just walk."  Socrates actually did say (in his Apology) that "the unexamined life is not worth living." These quotations imply two antithetical philosophies of life.

Socrates' words suggest that one of the main goals of any human being should be to try to understand the nature and purpose (if any) of human existence. He implies that the effort to achieve such understanding helps give life its meaning and pleasure.

The words attributed to Paris Hilton imply that for Paris Hilton, at least, mere existence, or mere movement, is enough.  These words suggest that for her, at least, there is no purpose in thought other than to direct one's physical movement from one place to another. Or perhaps thought is not even required for this much.

If Socrates had ever had a chance to converse with Paris Hilton, he might have ordered a double dose of hemlock. But at least he and Paris would have agreed about one thing:

The only rule is don't be boring.

PARIS HILTON, Confessions of an Heiress

 

 

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