A Socratic Life

I’ve often heard a profound claim from people who’ve had a terminal diagnosis, a disabling illness or a shattering incident. They unanimously claim that their life splits into life before and life after the event; I can personally confirm that’s the case. For me, the split happened late 2005 in a quiet neurologist’s office with the diagnosis of Motor Neuron Disease (ALS). Life after that day has been what I consider a Socratic affair.

ALS unveiled opportunities to become an active participant in my own story, challenging me to question what I believed and why. Revisiting classical Philosophy forged my courage to see things as they are, to take responsibility for what I could change, and accept that which is beyond my control.

To that end, I sincerely hope my writing inspires the same in you.

Jorge Tendeiro
Professional Herbalist. Amateur Philosopher. Aspiring Writer. Espresso Addict.

1 thought on “A Socratic Life”

  1. Hey Jorge thanks a lot, I haven’t bought off u in a while, I will soon.
    I had a massive car crash December 1999 which changed the course of my life for the better, but left me with a permanent injury in my back, loss of a spleen and many Brocken bones.
    Herbs and good philosophies on life especially those of say Dr Gabor Mate, Bruce Lipton, Chris Killham( medicine hunter) etc, have helped me a lot.at the time of my crash I was a terrible addict of alcohol and heavy intravenous drugs.
    I’m very lucky I’m resilient, at 45 I’m doing ok, I have circulation problems in my hands from the crash and possibly smoking and drugs/ alcohol.and have suffered terrible anxiety, long before, heading on my path of destruction.
    I’m thinking of heading to Amazon and shipibo people and the temple of the way of light, recommended by Chris Killham, dr Gabor,
    I’ve gone on a lot …. sorry 😐, it helps to share my story my path.
    Still searching.
    Thanks for publicly sharing your story, I think Pain emotional and physical dissipates when shared, being alone isolated, and in pain is the worst thing, I know, !!!..and I’m sure u do to …. thanks
    Sean 🌊🤚🙏

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