The unexamined life is not worth living*

That tasteless squabbling called Philosophy:
As if a blue-winged butterfly afloat
For just three days above the Italian fields,
Instead of sipping at the heart of flowers,
Poising in sunshine, fluttering towards its bride,
Should fast and speculate, considering
What were if it were not? or what now is
Instead of that which seems to be itself?
Its deepest wisdom surely were to be
A sipping, marrying, blue-winged butterfly;
Since utmost speculation on itself
Were but a three days’ living of worse sort —
A bruising struggle all within the bounds
Of butterfly existence.”

— words placed in the mouth of a college student by George Eliot

Blue, Butterfly, Garden, Bright, Animal, Insect, Summer

*“ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ” — words placed in the mouth of Socrates by Plato

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