Socrates believed in many things; for example, believing in the after life, and not fixing injustice with additional injustice. Socrates had a strong belief in the after life; therefore, he was not terrified of dying, while Crito was frightened by the idea. Socrates said a man his age should not be afraid of dying, but Crito disagreed, he said many men are troubled at the idea of dying and would take the opportunity to escape if they were in his place. Socrates was not concern for... ... middle of paper ... ...im, but against him. In conclusion, I believe that it is blaspheme that Socrates is accused of corrupting Athenian’s children’s mind.
Socrates pondered over the Oracle’s proclamation that he was the wisest person (The Apology 21a). Socrates attempted to find someone who was wiser than himself but he could not. Socrates realized that he was the wisest person because he was the only person who was aware of his own ignorance (The Apology 23b). Socrates took this as being a sign that the gods had a mission for him. Socrates thought that the gods wanted him to make other people aware of their ignorance.
He believes philosophy is man's most honorable, plus most beneficial, occupation; actually, it is his duty. He appr... ... middle of paper ... ...his teachings had more accuracy than the opponents themselves had. Suppressing the minds and hearts of the people ultimately fails. So, while the government of Athens may try to control its philosopher and teachers this tactic never succeeds. Socrates is not a corruptor of youth; he teaches, guides, and encourages.
Socrates had come across many people who thought that they may have been the wisest. To one of the public men, whom many thought was wise, Socrates simply showed him that he was not as wise as he thought he was. Socrates then thought to himself “I am wiser than this man; it is likely that neither of us knows anything worthwhile, but he thinks he knows something when he does not, whereas when I do not know, neither do I think I know” (Plato’s Apology. 21d). Here Socrates shows that simply a sense of humility and admittance can make one seem wiser than others.
Plato approved of lying when telling the truth is the wrong thing to do. Plato thinks that it is never right or just to do evil or harm to anyone, and if you have to lie to protect someone then it is a just thi... ... middle of paper ... ... is wrong in telling the Myth of Metals because he is being a hypocrite. Plato invented a myth to protect his ideal state. In his state he expects people to be honest in their dealing with one another, yet Plato is not being honest with them about what they are really made out of. Reading the first three books to Plato has made me think about a lot of issues, lying being only one.
Crito also feel life in itself is of absolute value. He uses these points in favor of his argument: Escape was easy to manage and would not put his friends in danger. If he refused Socrates friends’ reputations would be tarnished for not aiding their friend . To refuse would be a shameful display of cowardice. Socrates would be neglecting his duties to his wife and children.
Socrates cannot believe this oracle, so he sets out to disprove it by finding someone who is wiser. He goes to a politician, who is thought wise by him self and others. Socrates does not think this man to be wise and tells him so. As a consequence, the politician hated Socrates, as did others who heard the questioning. "I am better off, because while he knows nothing but thinks that he knows, I neither know nor think that I know" (Socrates).
Socrates was a man that was in search of the truth about wisdom. However, it became more than just a simple search, rather it tuned into a complex assignment where the answer of true wisdom leads Socrates to be brought up on charges of corrupting society. As a philosopher Socrates is known to take every angle of an argument and to never put belief into one idea. Therefore Socrates was known to perplex even simple ideas and to frustrate his opponent. People who have experienced this accuse Socrates of making his own truths about the natural and unnatural world when in actuality he his still in search of a better meaning.
He hoped to find a man wiser than him to prove the oracles prediction was false, even Socrates failed to believe he was the wisest man. He first went to a man that seemed wise. After he spoke with him Plato quotes "I came to see that, though many persons, and chiefly himself, thought that he was wise, yet he was not wise. "(77) With his certainty that Socrates was wiser, the man was insulted and hated Socrates for derailing his intelligence. Socrates then goes to another wise man, but is again let down.
Brutus, even when his mind has good intention it is also littered with ignorance. Brutus had good intentions but his ignorance made him make not the best decisions. He had made many ignorant decisions because he did not want to listen to Cassius. The first time Brutus showed this trait was when Cassius warned Brutus many times about the danger of Mark Antony. Brutus simply thinks the good of people, not ever wondering if he does one action, if the other person might retaliate.