Every individual is unique and he should be proud of it. De Botton opens his essay with a bright contrasting of weather and his state of the soul, when he entered the Metropolitan Museum in London. A canvas, which is discussed from the very beginning of the essay, was painted by Jacques Louis David, where Socrates is depicted. The author of the essay provides the readers with the details of the historical background of painting. Socrates had to be subjected to death penalty, because he did not respect ancient gods. Death of Socrates was positioned as the landmark of the eighteenth century. De Botton tries to penetrate in the depths of philosophical ideas of the ancient times. He refers to Socrates and Plato, but, to my mind, his ideas are vague, because it is impossible to reveal the secret of philosophy, because philosophy is a secret of life. From time to time we can see between the lines of the essay glimpses of the Socrates’ life. He tries to show to the readers that philosophy was borne as love to wisdom. So, De Botton starts looking for the philosophical truth… In the second chapter the author discusses the values of the society. Again, it looks like he does not want to discuss these values, but comes across historical books in the second hand bookshop in Bloomsbury. Greek society is interesting for de Botton again. He considers about their clothes, customs, and their military and religious traditions.