The Socrates Within Us [Teen Article]

Yessenia is a 17-year-old girl that enjoys investing in her future and knowledge. She plans to be a racecar driver and attend Williams college.

 As little kids try to explore the world, teenagers are accustomed to asking a bunch of questions, sometimes annoying the heSòcrates (bust grec) by Sebastià Giralt.ll out of the parents. Much of what our parents had to say really made sense and when they would try to explain something, to us we had the “but-why?” kind of look in our faces. We were wonderers, always trying to look for an answer that would fit our own thinking. It’s interesting how without being taught about Socrates and his ideals, we learned and put into practice what he once tried to inculcate to the youth of Athens.

Socrates was interested in creating a society, which constantly questioned itself and its values. Socrates was prosecuted by Meletus, a young man who accused Socrates of corrupting the youth of Athens. Socrates believed that anyone who was being controlled by the authority of Athens had the right to question authority. Socrates would bring this message to whomever wanted to listen to what he had to say. He was a wise man who believed he had come to earth with a purpose. He was very good when arguing and he would often annoy the hell out of the Athenians when proving a point. He gave the youth the power to question authority and also gave the authority of Athens an excuse to kill him.

In many ways modern teenagers are like the youth of ancient Athens. How many times have we questioned our parents decisions regarding us? How many times have we said, “That’s not fair!” or “But why?” Sometimes our parents do not take their time to give us a little lecture, or even to tell us, “Please, don’t do it again.” They just go ahead and give us a punishment. I understand that sometimes we do deserve the type of punishment that is given by the parents, but there are other times when the level of punishment is unjust. No matter what, we deserve the time to question the punishment or to explain the reasons behind our actions.  

When we are not given a chance to explain ourselves, we tend to break the rules or authority. Some of us are not used to following rules when they are stupid or we simply think they are breakable. The answer behind this conduct is a response to the adults.  Teenagers resent the fact that adults have more authority than we do. That is why I find it very important that parents ask or question their children about their actions. Breaking rules does not make us bad or good, it only means that we want to be heard.

Socrates has been dead for centuries, now but his message still travels around the teenagers of this time. We are not the only ones that can break rules or question authority, anyone can do it.

Even our parents have done it with their own parents and the cycle repeats all over again. Breaking rules, questioning authority, and finding our way out of trouble is not what teenagers do best, what we do best is loving our parents. No matter what they do to us, or us to them we will always love them. We will stick to rules even if we don’t want to, make our beds, clean our rooms, until we no longer live with you. But it wouldn’t hurt you to tell us the why of the things.

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