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Socrates is afraid that Crito is but pressing upon him the opinions of the many whereas all his life long he has followed the dictates of reason only and the opinion of the one wise or skilled man There was a time when Crito himself had allowed the propriety of this And although someone will say The many can kill us that makes no difference but a good life that is to say a just and honorable life is alone to be valued All considerations of loss of reputation or injury to his children should be dismissed the only question is whether he would be right in attempting to escape Crito who is a disinterested person not having the fear of death before his eyes shall answer this for him Before he was condemned they had often held discussions in which they agreed that no man should either do evil or return evil for evil or betray the right Are these principles to be altered because the circumstances of Socrates are altered Crito admits that they remain the same Then is his escape consistent with the maintenance of them To this Crito is unable or unwilling to reply Socrates proceeds Suppose the laws of Athens to come and remonstrate with him they will ask Why does he seek to overturn them and if he replies They have injured him will not the laws answer Yes but was that the agreement Has he any objection to make to them which would justify him in overturning them Was he not brought into the world and educated by their help and are they not his parents He might have left Athens and gone where he pleased but he has lived there for seventy years more constantly than any other citizen Thus he has clearly shown that he acknowledged the agreement which he cannot now break without dishonor to himself and danger to his friends Even in the
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