As such "we should constantly be focusing our attention on the following thoughts:
- What kind of person do I picture myself as being?
- How do I conduct myself?
- Is it really as a wise person, as someone who has control of himself?
- Can I say for my part that I've been educated to face everything that may come?
- Is it indeed the case, as is fitting for someone who knows nothing, that I'm aware that I know nothing?
- Do I go to my teacher as to an oracle, ready to obey?
- Or do I go to the schoolroom like a sniveling child, wanting only to gain second hand information, and, if the occasion should arise, expound them to others? (v. 8-10, p. 125)
We learn philosophy to submit our judgements to purification.
We learn philosophy to become fully aware of what we stand in need of.
We learn philosophy to change our thoughts.