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Courage does not lie within an action but within a person Socrates believed strongly in these words but why would a man face his own death especially when an option to avoid his demise is readily available During his Apology Socrates said For anything that man can tell death may be the greatest good that can happen to them and continued by stating that he considered both conceivable states of death a gain One which is an eternal night filled with peaceful rest and the more common belief that one journeys to another place filled with great men and women free from judgement and with a great ease to converse with Who would not enjoy such a fate Socrates had been offered exile as opposed to death for his crimes against the city but in his apology Socrates had gloried death as opposed to exile he preferred to choose death rather than be exiled from Athens Socrates alluded that being exiled or escaping would be equivalent to receiving a lighter punishment and that was not a justified consequence of the wrong doing While speaking with Crito during Socrates portrayal of city officials who had learnt of the plans to escape Socrates claimed that escaping would be seen as an attempt to destroy the city and the laws of the city He questioned could the city continue to exist if the decisions of the courts not respected and not forced He reasoned that he was essentially a slave of Athens and had no right to retaliate against the city if the city felt the punishment was fitting Socrates continued to argue that the city had raised him and educated him all along allowing every man the option to leave if they felt the laws were unjust But by staying in Athens and seeing the way the city runs and seeing how the city dispenses justice Socrates states that he has no right
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