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Question Can a person perform evil acts voluntarilyEvil corrupts the evil doer Is there anyone then who wishes to be harmed by those he associates with rather than to be benefited In defending himself against accusations of corruption and evil Socrates argues in his apology that no person performs evil acts voluntarilyMeletus Socrates principal accuser claims that wicked people like Socrates do harm to others intentionally Meletus accuses Socrates of corrupting the youth of harming those close to him He continually and vehemently reaffirms his stance that Socrates acts in evil voluntarilySocrates defends himself to Meletus firstly through an analogy He states That all human beings make horses better while one certain one is the corrupter Or is it the wholly opposite to this that one certain one is able to make them better or very few those skilled with horses while the many if they ever associate with horses and use them corrupt them He says that his analogy holds true for other animals and it would be a great happiness for the young if one alone corrupts them while the others benefit themSocrates argues that while harming others he hurts all in that society Because he belongs to that society he would therefore hurt himself by harming others He claims that he would never be foolish enough to want to hurt himself and so if he causes harm it must happen unintentionally The law says that involuntary wrongs yield a punishment of teaching and admonishing People who are brought to court are supposed to be in need of punishment not learning Socrates believes he either does not corrupt or he does not corrupt voluntarily Therefore Socrates openly objects to Meletus decision to accuse him in a court of law Socrates states that no person performs evil deeds voluntarily Performing such an act benefits no one not the individuals not society as a whole To act voluntarily in evil harms the victim the criminal
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