Personal Socrates. Essay

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In “Crito” by Plato, Socrates and Crito are having an intimate conversation about reasons why Socrates should escape. Socrates is charged on corrupting the minds of the youth in Athens. Crito, who is Socrates student and close friend, tries to persuade him to escape because he did not believe Socrates committed any actual crime. Socrates believes that if the government is punishing him because he broke a commandment; then he did perhaps break a law. Socrates saw the law being a general father figure for society. Socrates believes in unselfishness, democracy, and how public opinion does not matter. Crito believes he will be seen in the public eye as a bad friend because he did not help Socrates escape. In believing he is a bad friend, he is being selfish, defying the government, and adhering to public opinion. 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. 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 death; during his whole life he was trying to figure out what is right versus what is wrong. I like this about Socrates; he was fearless about knowing he was going to be killed soon. Additionally, he states that fearing death makes a man ignorant. I disagree with Socrates, if death was not to be feared then why is dying rarely in a casual conversation; therefore, I agree with Crito because he is terrified for death for his friend. Personally, I am afraid of death because I do not know what happens next. No one has ever died and came back to life to explain what happens to a person’s soul. I think that is what most people are actually afraid of, not the dying process, but where does one go? Not everyone is like Socrates, who believes there is a definite place for his soul. Socrates’ moral beliefs seem to take over other’s judgment; except Socrates is not a believer of public opinion.
Therefore, instead of Socrates worrying about his reputation, is is Crito, who is worried about his reputation and guilt. Crito explains to Socrates that he does not want others to believe that Socrates did not fight for his freedom. Socrates justified that he does not care for the public’s opinion because they are just acts of...

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