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 the other party has to say.

I recently saw a video of some kids in, either a university or a high school, I don’t remember well, screaming at some other Jewish kids behind a door, to “free Palestine”. Granted, I don’t know the specifics of the situation. But when a mob is shouting behind closed doors, at you, you’re probably not going to be able to have a conversation. Most likely, you are going to be kicked and punched.

It’s a difficult situation man.

We humans are able to withstand anything, as long as we can understand why. The Spartan kids took horrible beatings without tears because in their hearts they thought that they were making them better. Give a man a why and he will bear any how, as Nietzche put it.

Understanding gives you peace, and as the world goes right now, we need a lot of it.

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