Using The Socratic Method

Why? (Is it good.). (Do we need it or want it.)

This is a good idea when you ‘think critically’ about ethics.

Who uses it (law school)?

There is no one right answer (or there are no real answers in life but heading towards perfection is sometimes a good answer!).

How can I captivate you and me? (Begin with the end in mind).

I am curious about all my problems (being stuck in one way or another).

Why is my brain flatlining?

Why am I living with a brain flatlining?

Are you flatlining yet (because of reading my poem?)?

All the devices in the world won’t help.

What is necessary?

Think ‘Peer-Share’: argue, discuss and debate.

Help students teach each other.

Innovators see different perspectives.

Students need to be stimulated to read and write, think and experiment.

Teachers need to peak student’s curiosity.

We need to change our lives for the better.

These are students and teachers: who we are.

[Socrates and Rich man], On Being A ‘Gadfly’

In this dialogue, the Socratic method is about holding people accountable for their beliefs by questioning them as a guide, who is really wishing them ‘good thoughts’. Socrates compared himself to being a midwife in the sense he tries to guide others to having better thought like having a baby. In fact, he also is said to have called himself a Gadfly of Athens.

Socrates: How important is it to you?

Rich man: Money is a road to power, which I enjoy. It is a form of currency. It circulates like an electric current. And it has power like an electric current. But now, we must state the truth. It is an agreed upon system of coins and bills that a group uses to buy goods. This group is usually a recognized country like the USA that has dollars and coins.

S: Why do you want power?

Rm: Who doesn’t? I crave it. To me, there is never enough money or power. I think I crave the latter more.

S: What do you gain?

Rm: More power. I am in lust with it. I will never have enough. It is intoxicatingly everything.

S: Would you help people with your wealth and power? Maybe, by showing them how to built a well to hold water when they have no water?

Rm: I would need some help.

S: I have a friend who would show you, but you would have to pay a small price for it.

Rm: Would poor people pay me back?

S: I am sure they would when they are able. Do you want to think of other ways to help people?

Rm: Not particularly, but perhaps I could be persuaded for a small price.

S: What did you have in mind?

Rm: A small profit.

S: For you?

Rm: Maybe, and for them too.

S: What would you say to doing it for free?

Rm: I suppose I could afford it.

S: I imagine I could do better by talking to many rich people about it.