Socrates is a very stubborn man. I understand that he felt obligated to stand by his beliefs, but as the saying goes, “if you can’t beat them, join them.” Having life, in my opinion, is much more valuable than dying in vein. Socrates knew he wasn’t going to get a verdict of not guilty without begging for mercy, so he should have just given the crowd what they wanted to see. It’s not a “disgrace,” or any other words Socrates used to describe what it would have been if he pleaded for mercy, if the matter is life and death, which it obviously was. He should have just lived to see another day. He did all he could to help teach the people of Athens, and if they chose to ignore his wisdom, so be it. As long as he tried his hardest there is no shame. Instead of dying and not being able to practice philosophy at all, it would have been wiser for Socrates to succumb to his prosecutors so he could spend his last few years of life learning for himself. I don’t see how it could possibly be a better idea to never study philosophy again when the chance to study, even if it’s only by yourself, is possible. Maybe because of his old age Socrates thought a few extra years of studying in seclusion wasn’t worth giving up his beliefs. As I see it however, it seems sort of arrogant to rather go out with a bang than to give up on a chance to do what you preach (examine your life in Socrates’ case). I still respect everything Socrates did and I appreciate that he stood up for what he believed in, but I think he made too big of a deal out of the options of either preaching his philosophy or dying. A great majority would have to agree that life in this case would clearly outweigh the ability to preach one’s wisdom.