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Socrates Perception on Death Socrates is a man who went through life with a very distinct and ironic attitude toward death incomparable to the ordinary person Socrates believed that the gods would not let a good man be harmed in life or death and when it is his time for death the gods will call upon him He also claims that death is nothing someone should fear To fear in death is to disobey the oracle and attempting to know what one does not know No one knows what happens after a person dies and therefore should not be afraid of death Socrates says that it is the most blameworthy ignorance to believe that we know what will happen after death for it could be the greatest of all things that can happen to man He believes that his death will be a blessing that he must have good hope towards because the gods will treat him like the good man that he is Socrates said that it is much more difficult to avoid wickedness than death for it runs faster than death and he has been caught by the slower pursuer unlike the ones that accuse him Socrates had two different views on what happened after a mortal died according to the common wisdom The first view was that death is like a deep dreamless sleep the dead are nothing and have no perception of anything He claims that this would be a great advantage because all eternity would seem like a single dreamless night A night in which a man could sleep soundly and not dream would pass by unlike any other night The other view of death is that it is a change from this world to another place It would be an escape from this world and all those who had passed judgement on him Many great people that died before him would greet Socrates in the afterlife
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