Socrates on Being a Philosopher

“For I go around doing nothing but persuading both young and old among you not to care for your body or your wealth in preference to or as strongly as for the best possible state of your soul, as I say to you: ‘Wealth does not bring about virtue, but virtue makes wealth and everything else good for men, both individually and collectively.'”

Socrates, Plato: Collected Works

What is one of the most important characteristics of a philosopher?

According to Socrates, it is taking action.

In his view a philosopher distinguishes himself from others by acting virtuously.

This should be a reminder for us today:

Let’s not focus too much on theory – on reading books, thinking about our plans, or talking about them -, but instead to act. To create, to accomplish, and to make.

Just as it was important to Socrates 2000 years ago, living virtuously is the key to philosophy today.