The philosopher stood in front of 500 of his peers. He is proud. He refuses to budge from his principles.

The two accusations were clear and very serious: impiety against the pantheons (gods) of Athens and moral corruption of the youth of the city. The philosopher taught critical thinking to his students and encouraged them to question everything.

Despite the seriousness of the accusations, the philosopher stood his ground. He was found guilty. Thus, he was to be executed by drinking hemlock. A small dosage of this natural poison with no known antidote can cause a slow and painful death.

It has been reported that the philosopher and mentor of Plato left a very apt remark at the trial.

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Socrates, the philosopher.

The word “philosophy” comes from the Latin to mean “love of wisdom”. Wisdom involves questioning everything. Most importantly, it begins with questioning oneself and ones’ life and life choices.

Wisdom is a conscious choice. So ignorance.

Hemlock

Socrates was considered a “gladfly”, i.e. a person who annoys and criticises others to provoke him into action. In Book Six of The Republic written by Plato, Socrates is viewed as pessimistic about democracy.

“If you were heading out on a journey by sea,” Socrates asks. “Who would you want in charge of the vessel? Just anyone or people educated in the rules and demands of seafaring?”

“The latter of course,” replies Adeimantus. Socrates replies.

“So why then do we keep thinking that any old person should fit to judge who should be ruler of a country?”

Socrates tells Adeimantus that voting is a skill, which needs to be taught systematically to people. Letting the citizens vote without an education is as irresponsible as putting them in charge of sailing the seas.

Have things really changed that much?

Well, yes.

Democracy is in better shape in some ways. In ancient Athens, women, children, slaves and immigrants (non-Athenian citizens) were banned from voting. A hundred years ago, women in were given the right to vote. However, that is it. The vast majority of voters are ill-trained, if at all, to vote.

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May

Where does that leave us with government?

According to the Edelman Trust Barometer, trust in government remains low at 36% and the majority feel their views are not represented in politics. Trust in business has fallen to 43%. The social media companies have lost the trust of most of the public. Only 25% of people trusting social media for news and information. However, there has been a huge increase in trust in traditional media to 61%.

That brings me onto my core message.

It is only when we feel trust that engagement between the people and government, corporations and news media can exist. Trust, however, you cannot experience trust when you mentally or intuitively feel doubt. I’m talking about self-doubt.

How does one person experiencing self-doubt trust another person who is also experiencing self-doubt?

If your own life remains unquestioned by you, then how can you ever know with a good degree of certainty that you are living a life based on truth, logic and inner resourcefulness? How do you know you’re not just following the crowd who are also running unexamined lives?

Currently, several of the developed countries, including Britain, are launching new technology that will connect everything much faster and effectively. Benefits include faster home internet speed, self-driving cars, remote surgery, “tactile” internet and the unlocking of the true powers of drones.

Earlier today, I spoke with an eminent scientist specialising in human energy fields. I asked about his views on 5G technology. His answer was simple. He nor any other body has carried out scientific testing on the effects of 5G on health and safety.

Well, at least not officially published scientific tests. The documentary 5G Apocalypse makes for stark viewing. I’ll let you come to your own conclusions about this science-packed documentary.

Yesterday, I asked on a recent Facebook post: Does 5G technology worry you? Yes or No.

The overwhelming majority of the answers was Yes. There were a few no’s. As I sifted to the responses, I realised this much.

If the sample size of about 90 people is to be believed, then we need to be concerned. Not for their answers, but for something that holds true today as it did 2,400 years ago.

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Socrates, the philosopher.

If we are to create a society that engenders trust, harmony and progress, we need to question everything. Or do we take hemlock?