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Was Socrates wise to stay in Athens to die Examine firstly the contextof the word wise Socrates wasnt wise in the sense of preserving his own lifeas he stayed to die He was encouraged and given the chance to escapeby his friend Crito but Socrates did not want to escape WhySocrates was a wise man He believed in absolutes and pursued the knowledge of mans source of goodness and virtue He believed that the repayment of evil with evil was wrong In short Socrates was a very moral personHe stayed in Athens because he said that he had lived by the laws of the countryfor all his life He had enjoyed the privileges of a civilized society and that he hadbeen treated as any other citizen would have come to expect Now that the lawsdidnt suit him was it fit for him to ignore them Crito in vain tries to dissuade himSocrates compares the laws of the state to a fathermentor figure The state says that all of the laws and statutes have protected him and raised himHis parents were married by the law and the same saw to it that he was educatedNow the state says Is it alright for you who thinks so much of virtue to destroy usSocrates is wise to see that he would be contradicting not only himself but he wouldbetray the examples he was trying to set to his followers The impact of Socrates teachings on the world were greatly increasedby his decision Socrates had no education therefore none of his own teachingswere ever written His followers have carried on his messages and lessons into later times Would Socrates teachings really have been carried on at allif he hadnt followed through The impact of his teachings would have been greatly lessened had heescaped All the lessons of virtue and courage would have been taught by a hypocritical man Socrates was brave enough to face that sentence without
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