Analysis Of Socrates: No Evil Can Happen To A Good Man

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Socrates states to the jurors in his trail, “No evil can happen to a good man” (48). Socrates is examining the moral center of the man. Evil can occur to an individual from the outside. Socrates a good, even innocent, man was sentenced to death. Other characters in history and even today are identified as good, but they still have evil occur to them. Socrates is not talking about an outside evil or harm occurring to a good person. He is examining the soul and what is morally evil and morally good. First the evil Socrates is talking about is not the evil of some possessing spirit. This is clear. The evil Socrates is talking about is moral evil. Breaking of one’s moral standards results in a moral evil that can bring harm to a good man. Socrates was a good man, but the morally corrupt jury and individuals prosecuting him brought about evil on Socrates in the form of death. The crowd came to…show more content…
The first is a common ignorance. This is simply ignorance that humans are born into or that they inherit form their parents. An example is the ignorance about where to place the bread to turn the bread into toast. The individual can sit staring at the bread until he or she is instructed to place the bread in the toaster to make toast. This common or blamable ignorance can be overcome by instruction or by reasoning. Asking questions to arrive at the answer is another way of overcoming this type of ignorance. The second type of ignorance, hubrus, is what the individuals prosecuting Socrates retain. Hubrus is the ignorance that surpasses pride and closely resembles arrogance. The individuals prosecuting Socrates are full of arrogant thinking. The prosecutors refuse to examine themselves or others to arrive at the truth. They are closed minded only concerned with their own welfare. Furthermore, they believe they are above the community since they know all there is to know. This type of thinking is damaging to the mind and to the
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