I angered my friend by asking questions, too too many questions.
Most people don’t like that.
Most people are done learning early in life. Some are done by the time they’re teenagers. Some wait until they’ve finished school. Others will fade as their hair changes color.
A few never stop.
Socrates never stopped.
He was going full tilt all the way to the end. He was accused of corrupting the youth of Athens almost 2500 years ago. He insisted on a trial, was convicted of sedition and sentenced to death at the age of 60.
His legacy was his students; and they had his methods, his conclusions, and most importantly, his enthusiasm for questions.
Today we live in a larger world by every possible measure. Socrates would have marveled at the size, power, and speed of everything we take for granted. Yet his questions are as powerful today as they were then.
In fact, they are more powerful. For one important feature we have today that Socrates didn’t have then; information about how people behave in great detail. We have access to thoughts, desires, and choices far beyond the simple toga-toting times of Athens.
It’s time for the sequel to Socrates. In this day and age we are used to sequels, and even sequels of sequels. Why not a sequel to the greatest teacher who ever lived?
I’m applying for the job.
I’ve got lots of questions, a good handle on the use of logical reasoning, and a fairly open set of assumptions and biases.
Additionally, I’m familiar with many of the modern disciplines, scientific methodology, and many of the technical tools available.
There it is, friends. I am applying for the position of Socrates, too. The sequel.
I’m affordable, work from home, require little supervision, and have a fairly decent sense of humor.
I’m also open to shortening the job title a tad.