Socrates the Arrogant vs Socrates the Wise
Too most, Socrates gives off an aurora of arrogance. At first glance, I would have to agree; however, after some dissection of the text from “The Trial and Death of Socrates”, my state of thought was altered. During the first few discussions, I myself spoke out how Socrates had very valid points of interest, but that his tone was of arrogance and egotism. He spoke to people challenging their thoughts and values. He discusses very edgy topics. Of course, this stirs up trouble. He then seems to speak down upon the jury in his defense, apology, which only adds to the contempt. All through discussion I thought to myself “why does this so-called wise man proceed so ironically “. It wasn’t until after the MLK reading that it dawned upon me. Socrates doesn’t want tension for violence and unrest; he pursues tension so eagerly only allow breathing room for self-enlightenment and social justice. Without said tension, the status quo will always remain the same. Dr. Martin Luther King duplicates the presentation of this tension during the Civil Rights Movement. Without the widespread demonstrations and protests, the attention of the public would continually veer away from the issues. What if Socrates knew the entire duration of his life, the consequences that he would be dealt? What if he intended to create this tension? What if he wasn’t arrogant, but only acted in the manner he did to introduce a new paradigm to the public? I understand that those arguing my view may point out that Socrates isn’t here anymore and that we will never know his real intent. But I have an inkling that he was in fact very humble and virtuous, and acted out not for himself, but to help the public examine their own lives.