Socrates and Being Beside Oneself

There is no good or bad, there is only behaviour said B. F. Skinner.  Put into context, Socrates is known to have been beside himself.  Some oddly called this a possession.  But the truth is he exercised the good habit of observation.  Again, the idea is not important.  But being an observer is.  He practised the fine art of observing himself.  He played the role of student, teacher or Cynic.  And he slowly learnt to do no harm.  He tried to live the life of a good person.

A “be” person is just what the name implies.  Someone who can learn to understand, be a student, be a teacher, practice the good habit.  In effect, this person becomes or lives a good life.  They live this way for their own sake.  They are not trying to save, protect, others or be a saint.  They live what they believe is workable and good for themselves.  If they help or transmit the idea to others, well, that is just great, but it is not a goal.  Hard as it may appear to others, this is a simple way to properly use impressions.

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