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In Platos Five Dialogues and Sophocles Oedipus Rex mans actions for the greater good of the city-state can lead to horrible consequences for the individual Both Socrates and Oedipus carry out what they believe to be their duty for their city Socrates believes that his actions are just and proper but when viewed by the city-state as a whole his actions are looked at as counter-productive and ill advised to the youth of the society Oedipus on the other hand hasnt done anything to harm his people Following his decision making regarding the murder of his father he ends up as an enemy of the state because he has become an enemy to himself Both having to suffer the consequences for their actions they remain to uphold their loyalty to their respective city-statesBeing one of the greatest thinkers in history Socrates tried to spread his wisdom by supporting the greater good of the city-state the youth When questioning Meletus Socrates tries to justify his expansion of education by referring to horses Do all men improve them and one individual corrupts them Or is quite the contrary true one individual is able to improve them or very few namely horse breeders whereas the majority if they have horses and use them corrupt them Plato 30 Is it possible for one man to work and corrupt all the youth Is it possible for one man to even reach all of societys youth It can clearly be established that the teachings of one man cannot harm the city but only make people greaterThere are even more examples of Socrates upholding his beliefs for nothing more then the benefit of the city While serving as a member of the Council during the investigation of the ten naval generals Socrates was the only dissenting member of the presiding committee to oppose your the council doing something contrary to the laws Plato 36 For acting in this licit manner he was
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