Should have Socrates drunk the hemlock?
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Moreover, he had the chance to flee Athens if he felt their laws were unjust but he didn't; so by choosing not to leave Athens he agreed to be under the city law. I also agree with him that, we have all not experience death before so it will make no sense to fear what we don"t know; so by not drinking the hemlock will make no sense if he really wants to prove a point. We might have different reasons if he should have or shouldn't have drunk the hemlock; but the bottom line is he stood his grounds.
Kofi stated in his argument that Socrates felt that the laws of Athens were not unjust that is why he chose not to leave Athens; this statement is not true because Socrates believed the laws were unjust. He was able to prove Meletus and the court by asking them what justice law was, in which Meletus said justice was doing right in the interest in the stronger party. Since Meletus and all his fellow leaders are not perfect and have done wrong before in their life proves that they are not the stronger party. This then makes their laws unjust, which Socrates" knew but wanted them to know whether they knew it too. Although he knew the laws were unjust he still wanted to be true to it because he had fought to uphold those laws. As a citizen of Athens and he wanted to obey the law whether he agreed with it or not.
Socrates" was so fascinated on being courageous that it caused him his life. A man is supposed to be there for his family no matter what, instead of trying to escape his death he chose to die to prove to the world that he is a no body and is not afraid of dying. He should have fled Athens and went to a different location, going to a different place would have proven to all of Athens that he was not teaching unorthodox teaching of the gods and did not care if any one believed him or not. Choosing to die proved the court and his enemies that he was breaking the law and deserved to die. His enemies most likely did not care whether he proved the court wrong before his death. All they probably cared about was that he was found guilty of unorthodox teaching of the gods and was killed for it. The court could have twisted what happened in the court room and disgrace his name afterwards. Socartes in the court room showed all the accusations against him being false. First he proved that he was not breaking the law and that he did believe in god because Meletus acknowledged the fact that he had a demigod following him around (Plato, Par. 21). He won his case but was not alive to say his part of the story. He made his accusers drive him to his grave and at the end his death proved nothing to them other than him just being another ghost.
Another statement that you made was that, "we have all not experience death before so it will make no sense to fear what we don"t know." First, no one has experience death before since no one has woken up from the dead before. Second, just because people do not know how death feels like does not mean people cannot feel how they feel. As long as a person feels how he or she feels death then becomes real to the individual, is just like racism. Even though there is no such thing as race, race still exists in people"s mind, so the idea of race is still real. Before one can become fearless of death he or she has to acknowledge that death indeed is fearful and try to overcome that fear which then will result in death being fearless. Finally, if you truly think that Socrates" is fearless of death then why did he not kill himself when he came to that conclusion. He kept living after he realized that death is not to be fearful of. The real reason why Socrates" was willing to die after his court hearing was because he was old, he knew he had lived a long life and had done many things in his lifetime. Had he being young he most likely would have hesitated in killing himself. Socrates" left behind his wife and sons, his family was left to face the world afterwards. A world that believed he was killed for being guilty; one could only imagine the torment they went through after his death. He should have considered them more before he decided to drink the hemlock.
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