The unexamined life is not worth living Plato says in line 38.a of The Apology.
How do you examine yourself? What happens when you interrogate yourself? What happens when you begin to call into question your tacit assumptions and unarticulated pre-suppositions and begin then to become a different kind of person.
See I put it this way that for me philosophy is fundamentally about our finite situation. We can define that in terms of we are beings towards death — featherless two legged linguistically conscious creatures born between urine and feces whose body will one day become the culinary delight of terrestrial worms — that’s us: beings toward death.
At the same time we have desire while we are organisms in space and time and so it’s desire in face of death.
And then of course you have got dogmatism — various attempts to hold on to certainty — various forms of idolatry. And you’ve got dialog in the face of dogmatism … and then of course structurally and institutionally you have domination — and you have democracy … you have attempts of people trying to render accountable elites — kings, queens, .. corporate elites, politicians. Trying to make these elites accountable to everyday people.
So philosophy itself becomes a critical disposition of wrestling with desire in the face of death, wrestling with dialog in the face of dogmatism, and wrestling with democracy trying to keep alive the very fragile democratic experiments in the face of structural domination.”