Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Socratic Sentence

Conner Lewis, World History 4                                                                                      2/10/15
Thoughts and Reflections On: Socrates - The Apology
Book by Plato

The Socratic Sentence

          As the Oracle of Delphi said, Socrates truly was a very wise man. His wisdom comes in the form his acceptance that he does not truly know all that he could, and that he perpetually tries to keep learning because of his belief that he truly knows nothing. His wisdom stems from the fact that he never tried to stop learning, as he never assumed his knowledge was enough or superior to others. Socrates is a valuable component to society because of his ability to show others who are ignorant of their ignorance that they should continue to learn, and that one cannot truly know all, as much as they would like to admit it. He allows for others to learn from his wisdom and grow more wise and intelligent themselves, at no cost to themselves. He makes others more intelligent without a price. Socrates believes and supports God, as he accepts that God is always correct, as the Oracle of Delphi is his vessel through which he can speak. He believes the words of the Oracle to be true, and although he attempts to prove him right or wrong, he truly believes that God exists. Socrates says that the true reason people dislike him is not for his faith or beliefs, but rather his plain speaking. He believes that
his lack of regard for the thoughts of others and their feelings when it comes to their intelligence and in respect their pride has caused him to gain as many enemies as he has. The plain speaking of which he speaks is his habit of speaking without the flowery language of poetry, prose, or politics but rather very bluntly, stating the truth which was usually that those who thought they were wise were actually unwise and unintelligent themselves. The other charge placed against Socrates is that he was a bad influence on the young, and that he corrupted their minds with the thoughts and ideas of philosophy. He disproves this notion however, by showing that people do not intentionally do or receive harm, as nobody wishes to. Rather they do or receive harm unintentionally, and so Socrates states that if he were doing harm it would be unintentional, and thus should be not brought to court as one cannot blame another for an action they did not mean to do. They should rather be pulled aside for discussion. 

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