Honor for Socrates
Life is so precious and can only be lived once. Almost no one actually wants to die rather than live, but when Socrates is put in an ideal position for someone who is in prison, he is provided with a chance to escape. However, he passes up that opportunity and continues to await his death. Some people may say he is dumb or he lost his mind, but those people are wrong. Socrates, such a wise man, knew exactly what he was doing and why he was doing it. When looking back at his trial and everything leading up to it many contradictions are found within Socrates actions and words. However, those contradictions don’t matter. Socrates wants to show Athens they are wrong, not that he is right or his solutions are right. Socrates feels laws are unjust and need to be changed. I believe he doesn’t care exactly how they are changed, just as long as the problems go away after the change. Socrates knows full well there is a good chance he will be put on trial and sentenced to death if he breaks the laws of worshipping other gods and “corrupting the youth.” However, his goal is to exploit these problems and the best way to do that is through demonstration. Once put on trial, he knows his punishment will be death. He formulates arguments which don’t make much sense when lined up side by side, but Socrates isn’t trying to be let free. He wants to be “punished” and then accept the “punishment”. Socrates knows the only way Athens will see they are wrong is if they watch him die and realize the punishment did not fit the crime, and in fact there was actually no crime committed at all. However, had he escaped, nothing would be proven because people would just think, “If I break those same laws then I can escape from prison too.” This is why Socrates must die. Furthermore, Socrates dies with honor. A soldier is willing to give his/her life for their country and when they die they die honorably. Socrates does the same thing, he dies for something he believes in, and dies for his country in the attempts to better it. Socrates died with honor, he is not a fool.