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SocratesSocrates as known by Renault was a beautiful creature Not physically beautiful but internally and fundamentally beautiful It was he who said When you assume the show of any virtue you open a credit account which one day you will have to meet or go broke pp 398 According to Renault Socrates taught children free of charge He often walked and talked with children and young men in the market They discussed or more accurately argued in a calm manner various issues ranging from the sciences to religion Socrates however usually avoided the subject of government whenever possible Socrates believed his role in life was to teach a new understanding of virtues it was these virtues that revolved around much of the controversies The citizens thought that Socrates poisoned the minds of children Causing them to lose respect for parents and elders It was said that he did not believe in conventional gods either This is shown by Strymon on pp 181 and 182 I imagine the in your own circle of friends what we have heard is nothing out of the way Where the teacher Socrates does not even worship the immortal gods but sets the aside for his new divinities one can hardly expect in the pupil much reverence for age and kinship in mere men Parents blamed the lack of respect for elders on Socrates In truth Renault says that he was only giving them guidance so that they may guide themselves and be free of petty problems This guidance and advice caused these young men to re-think their attitudes Indeed Alexias Xenophon and especially Plato were all changed by Socrates They loved Socrates like a mother or father pp 392 In a word said Xenophon We love him This love for Socrates was often misinterpreted as love being lost for family through argument Parents were so afraid of losing children to him they made laws One law stated that Socrates could
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