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Platos Socrates and The Bhagavad Gitas Krishna are two very important characters who have strongly impacted the lives of many These two characters share many similar qualities as well as many contrasting qualities In this essay I will thoroughly compare and contrast these two remarkable charactersThough it seems that Krishna and Socrates were greatly dissimilar in their views and values they did have some similarities For example both of them were extremely persuasive when it came to giving advice They both had a very distinct ways of getting their points across and making others listen to them Many people looked up to them Another example of how the two characters are alike was the fact that they both felt that duty both civic and spiritual was very important Fulfilling their duty to the gods as well as their duty to the state was an extremely important factor in both Socrates and Krishnas livesThough they did share some similarities Socrates and Krishna were also very dissimilar in many ways For example while Socrates believed in individualism Krishna believed in collectivism Socrates felt that people should think and live for themselves He felt that people should come to their own conclusions He believed in free will By this he meant that everyone has his or her own choices in life Socrates also believed that a man of wisdom takes individual responsibility for his actions His most important virtue was justice Krishna on the other hand believed in determinism or necessity not in free will He also believed that in contradiction to Socrates a wise man does not take responsibility for his actions Instead he detaches himself from the consequences For example Krishna tells Arjuna to go to battle without thinking about the consequences of going to battle Krishna feels that one should not be concerned with the results of an action but only with the necessity to act One should simply act on a sense on duty
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