Crito does not understand the madness of Socrates, and would like nothing more than to help his dear friend escape to freedom. "…I do not think that what you are doing is right, to give up your life when you can save it, and to hasten your fate as your enemies would hasten it, and indeed have hastened it in their wish to destroy you. "(Crito p.48d) Plato introduces several pivotal ideas through the dialogue between Crito and Socrates. The first being that a person must decide whether the society in which he lives has a just reasoning behind its’ own standards of right and wrong. The second being that a person must have pride in the life that he leads.
For instance, Crito says he has rich friends that will help Socrates leaves Athens. Socrates questions Crito about exile, because Socrates believed that banishment is defying the law. I do not agree with Socrates because he is given two choices, eviction or death. However, my personal perspective is that both men are right and wrong, Socrates should not escape because of his moral values; however, there is nothing wrong with exile. Socrates believed in many things; for example, believing in the after life, and not fixing injustice with additional injustice.
Plato's The Crito In life, people are guided by moral beliefs and principles. Whether their beliefs are good or bad, their decisions are based on them. In Plato “The Crito”, Socrates emphasizes his moral beliefs and principles when he decides not to escape from prison. Although Socrates had the opportunity to escape his death sentence, he chose not to do so because he had a moral obligation to commit a sacrifice. Socrates was being guided by his moral beliefs when he decided not to escape from prison.
In order to live a good life, it is important that we reflect on our lives to avoid a life of ignorance. To discover human excellence and wisdom through questioning and examination is the way to truly enhancing our souls for the good. Socrates, the speaker of The Apology, considers two positive alternatives after death: either a dreamless sleep and or the movement of the soul to an afterlife. Whether Socrates truly wished for death or was put to death unjustly is questionable, but he believed in the goodness of the soul that would transcend into the afterlife.
You can persuade others to se your point of view, but without intelligence it can be unjust. He believes that, "…doing what one sees fit without intelligence is bad." Socrates argument is that moral virtue is s form of intelligence, and convinces Polus that in order to have great power, you must use it for what you believe to be the better. Polus believes that those who have the power do what they see fit, and at the same time are doing what it is they want to do. Socrates refutes this and says that though the tyrant may do what he sees fit, it is not really what he wants to do.
Because that Crito was a good friend of Socrates, so he did not want to lose Socrates. Another reason of Crito’s offer is that he was worried about peoples blame toward Crito, that he didn’t saved Socrates because Crito begrudged the money he spend on saving his friend 's life. Also Crito was prepared to pay all of his money to save Socrates. However, Socrates was strong and steady. Socrates said to Crito, that he don’t need to worry about most of people’s thinking, but needs to worry about great and smart people’s thinking.
Crito brings up how people would think of him because he wouldn’t spend his money to get his friend out of jail. Socrates goes on to nullify this argument by saying that opinions of the populace doesn’t matter, only the opinion of the authority should be taken into consideration. Socrates also says that he shouldn’t mind dying considering he had a long and full life. He goes on to point out that, the point of living is not to live long but to live well. Moreover, that to live well, one has to live honorably.
The writer states, “Socrates was defending his "... position and rights as a citizen rather than relinquishing them in voluntary.” This is a strong point on informing the reader that Socrates’ commitment for Athens was incredible. However, as a committed citizen of Athens he chose not to appeal for his death sentence, when he clearly had the chance. Understanding Socrates’ obligation to Athens and his strong belief he should have rightfully appealed his conviction. It was only reasonable to believe that as a committed citizen you have the obligation to appeal if you believe there is an injustice. This will ensure that another citizen won’t be treated unjustly as
This is because all have been done for a good cause and to encourage the Athenians to pursue a good life. The Apology gives an account of Socrates defense, while the Crito is another account of how Crito, one of Socrates friends went to jail to persuade him to escape. Crito among other of his friends feared that if Socrates was executed, the public would say that they did nothing to help their friend. Yet, Socrates does not concur with this way of doing things. He believes that no one should worry about what others think but as he said in the defense, he is ready to lose his life as long as he is pursuing what is good.
In Crito, Plato recounts the last days of Socrates, immediately before his execution was to take place in Athens. In the dialogue, Socrates’ pupil, Crito, proposes that Socrates escape from prison. Socrates considers this proposal, trying to decide whether escaping would be “just” and “morally justified.” Eventually, Socrates concludes that the act is considered “unjust” and “morally unjustified.” Socrates then decides to accept his fate and proceeded with his execution. Socrates was a man who was in pursuit of the truth (Durant). In his refusal to accept exile from Athens or a commitment of silence as a penalty, he chooses death and is thrown into prison.