3 Questions I'd Love to Ask Socrates if He Were Alive Today

Or how would one of the best philosophers in the world answer some asinine questions?

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
Socrates

How would Socrates react to some of the questions that people ask in today's world?  Here are 3 questions that I have been thinking about that I would like to ask him if he were alive today.

If you write a book about failure and it doesn't sell, is it a success?

There is an old saying that “If a tree falls in the forest and there is nobody to hear it, does it make a sound?”

And the same can be asked for a book that isn't read.  Did it make a sound?

But then again, what is success?

Is it measured in dollars or sense :)

My Macbook Air weighs 2.3 pounds. if I download more files on it, will it make it heavier?

There’s a reason why laptops have a particular storage limit.

See, the hardware can only hold a specific amount of weight. With each GB of file you download, the weight increases by about 0.18 grams for the MacBook Air. This is calculated by using the Data - Mass Conjugation Law.

[(Mass/Total Surface Area)^2 + (Frictional Constant of Material)/Resolution]

So yes, with every file you download, your MacBook will become heavier. This is why you should constantly empty your recycle bin and use as minimum storage as possible.

After swatting flies, is it best to clean up their corpses or leave them as a warning to their brethren?

You should definitely leave them. In “The Art of War”, Sun Tzu, the genius states that supreme excellence is not fighting and winning every battle, but breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.

And nothing breaks other flies like seeing the corpses of their deceased comrades. Flies absolutely have a concept of comradeship and will back away from your property because they will know what a badass you are for swatting them.

So leave them. Let their remnants be a warning for all the rest!

So as you can see, even to good old Socrates, life can still be a bowl of cherries minus the pits if you ask the right questions.


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Randy Salars

Randy Salars

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