"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates
"And it’s a little baffling to me that Socrates, who represents one of the taproots of higher education, is widely ignored in higher education. ... higher education ought to be helping people to examine their lives as well as the world in which they want to work, about which they want to know. And those two kinds of knowing ought to be connected from the get-go, so that we understand that we can’t separate the knower from the known, or the actor from the world that he or she is acting upon. … Rumi has this wonderful one-liner: ‘If you are here unfaithfully with us you’re causing terrible damage.’ What I think he means by this is unfaithful to your own truth - unfaithful to some ongoing effort to live an examined life. ... the point is, not only to do that inner journeying, that exploration of the inner landscape of our lives, but to connect that with what goes on outside of us."
Parker J. Palmer “An Undivided Life: Seeking Wholeness in Ourselves, Our Work, and Our World”
"Self-cultivation is any sustained practice aimed at one's spiritual evolution."
Interview about Self-cultivation with Robert Carter PhD