In terms of philosophers, Socrates, a Greek philosopher who lived in the
4th Century BC lived and died by his Principals.
He was arrested and condemned to death; his crime was to get people to
think outside the box.
His method was one of asking questions, purposely forcing the
contradictions. An oral tradition, the ‘Socratic Method’ forced one to
He built no schools, formalized no doctrine. His ego demanded nothing of
him, no engrained theories.
One of the lessons we can extract from his life and death lies in the
level of resistance exerted by those of his time who would attempt to
maintain the status quo.