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Answer the following questions in a total of 200-300 words: Which of the Pre-Socratic philosophers had the most compelling ideas? Briefly summarize the philosopher’s idea or ideas. Why do you find these ideas compelling? Include a practical example of one of the philosopher’s ideas in your response.
It seemed to me that Heraclitus had the most compelling ideas when I was doing my reading. He proposed that everything was made out of fire. His idea was that fire was ever changing so that must have meant the same for reality. Heraclitus said “There is no reality save the reality of change: permanence is an illusion.” He also taught that all things have an opposite like sitting verses standing or on verses off. Heraclitus is also famous for a saying that is used to this day “you can stand in the same river twice” meaning that the water that you stepped in once will realistically not be the same water that you step in again. I find this idea compelling because as I look around every day, Heraclitus is actually right. Everything is changing minute by minute and day by day. What you may look at today will not be the same tomorrow just like a fire. Every fire is different even if you start it the same way every time. The same goes for all things including animals. My dog’s molecules are realistically not the same now as they were when we got her. They are very much changing in her body all the time by either being destroyed or multiplying.