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Well said by Socrates.

An unexamined human life is deprived of the meaning and purpose of existence. The ability to introspect removes the individualistic absurdity by invoking a commitment to moral integrity and social solidarity.

 Just like a seed needs soil, sunlight and water for its germination, human life needs introspection and examination for its growth. A greater understanding of the experiences gained in the life at any particular time, enriches one's engagement with self and the universe.

Mahatma Gandhi's examination of self through his autobiography, "My experiments with truth", highlights the significance of reflection on life. Mahatma Gandhi was not only able to map his weaknesses and vulnerabilities through the examination, but was also able to question his prejudices and understand his strength as a human being.

 This very ability to reflect on life adds more depth to the character of Arjun in Mahabharat than most of the other characters. Instead of following the norms and fighting with his clan, Arjun questions the meaninglessness of the war and the purpose of his life.

 The fast-changing societies and consumerist culture in the contemporary world leave less time for human beings to examine and think about the changes. Adaptation to changes have become automatic and unquestionable.

 The quotation has strong relevance in the present times where human beings are burdened with the histories of war, colonisation, nationalisation, erosion of morality in the scientific and technological advancements and the sense of spiritual uprootedness. 

It is in these times that one needs to dwell deeper into the conscience to find the purpose of existence and engage in a more meaningful manner with the society.

 


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