The Power of Patience and Inquiry: Rediscovering the Socratic Method in a World Starved for Understanding

Ricardo Guaderrama Caraveo
5 min readOct 27, 2023

The world is going to be saved by the patient people, in a world with no time, who are able to ask questions and answer answers, until they arrive to truths and understanding.

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“Socrates: Renouncing the honors at which the world aims, I desire only to know the truth, and to live as well as I can, and, when I die, to die as well as I can. And, to the utmost of my power, I exhort all other men to do the same. Gorgias 526de”
Ward Farnsworth, The Socratic Method

Have you ever met or dealt with unreasonable people? People whose sole preoccupation is to win and exert power on top of gaining knowledge (usually for their betterment) about something they don’t know?

It is frustrating, because when people are in positions of power, and many times they are, they can simply use their power to assert their incorrect understanding of how things are and be done with it. Leaving the truth aside.

I can see this happening in every situation in which there is power involved. It happens in workplaces, in politics (especially here), and also in the household. People with power (sometimes even you or myself, don’t deny it) have the capacity to shut an underling up and have their own way without listening to what…