“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
Socrates was speaking about another important quote, an inscription on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, where people went to find out about their futures:
If you just go about your life like an ant or an bee, busy with survival tasks, what is the point of being human? Are you getting the most out of your human experience? Are you just conforming to whatever you have been taught or indoctrinated into? What is your potential? Do you even know?
When Socrates expounded on the statement, “Know Thyself.” He was saying, look into who you really are. Strip away all the layers of received knowledge and dive underneath it all. Find out what part of you is not transient and impermanent. Find out what drives your behavior. Are you on automatic pilot, influenced primarily by what other people think of you?
If you do not look into who you really are, instead of all the labels tacked onto you, then your life is basically a waste for you this time around. But if you do look into your inner being, you will be rewarded with astounding riches of consciousness and awareness. This makes your live sparkling with potential, constantly unfolding, manifesting wonders and miracles.
If you don’t discover who you really are, life is a dreary, painful affair. With moments of pleasure and moments of pain interlaced with waves of boredom and bouts of entertainment to keep you from thinking too hard about anything. This is what Socrates was talking about thousands of years ago (470 BC) and it is still valid today.