The words 'Know Thyself' were inscribed into stone at the entrance of Apollo's temple in Delphi, Greece, according to mythology. Scholars, philosophers, and civilizations have long discussed this subject. Indeed, it is one of the most important principles in ancient Greek philosophy.
It is also one of the most difficult things for humans to do. No matter how hard you try, you will never know everything about yourself. But that shouldn't stop you from trying!
The ancient Greeks believed that knowledge was power. They believed that if you knew what made you unique as an individual, what your strengths are, and what your weaknesses are, then you could better deal with issues that came up in your daily life. For example, if you knew your strong point, but not your weak point, you would be able to recognize when you were being unfair to yourself or when you were tolerating something that wasn't right for you.
By learning more about yourself, you become more responsible. You become a better friend. You become a better partner. You become a better employee. You become a better parent. The list goes on and on.
Knowing yourself means living a happy life. It means being true to yourself even when no one else is looking. It means having courage when others don't.
Socrates did not coin the term "Know oneself." It is a phrase engraved on the Temple of Delphi's frontispiece. This obligatory claim suggests that man must stand and live according to his nature. Socrates asserts that everyone has knowledge; all they have to do is recall it. For example, when someone says he does not know something, this merely means that he has forgotten what he knew earlier.
His main idea was that people should examine themselves to see if they are doing what really matters in life. If they find that they are not, they should change their way of living. The ancient Greeks believed that everyone had knowledge, but that some lost it through grief or old age. Only children and the mad had no memory of what they knew previously. So for them to say they did not know something meant that they had forgotten what they knew earlier.
For example, a child who picks up a stone to throw it may say, "I don't know why I picked this stone," when actually she knows very well why she picked it. All she needs to do is recall it. Adults sometimes say things like this when they are in trouble or facing death. They know what they should do, but for some reason cannot bring themselves to do it.
Socrates used this essential part of the Eleatic tradition as a defense against the accusations of corrupt politicians and others who wanted him arrested for impiety.
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So consider what this implies for a second. Consider the following three critical phrases: (1) I have preserved thy word; (2) in my heart. The term in mind by the psalmist is not a subjective perception that occurs to him as he prays for God's purpose to be revealed. Rather, the term refers to an objective reality that exists outside of himself. In other words, the psalmist is saying, "My mind is set on what you have said would happen." That is why it is called a "word" that has been "preserved" or "saved". It is something that comes from God and must be treated with the utmost respect but at the same time it is something that can change people's lives forever.
The psalmist goes on to say that he has "treasured" or "kept" this word "in his heart". The word translated as "heart" here is the Hebrew word for "mind" which indicates that what he is thinking about is important enough for him to put into his mental process. This word also means "to desire", "to seek after" and even "to love". As he thinks about what God has said, the psalmist wants to carry out what it is that he has decided will make him happy.
Finally, the psalmist says that he has "loved" or "cherished" this word.