Home Sweet Home?
Nothing is worse than leaving the town that you spent most of your life in. In Plato’s “Crito,” Socrates tries to convince Crito, and himself, that the best move, the just decision, would be for him to stay in Athens and face his punishment in front of Athens court. Socrates states that he has lived in Athens for all of his life and for seventy plus years, he has not had much concern with the way the people had acted or the way the law is handled, at least he never mentioned it, therefore for him to escape punishment would similarly be like spitting at Athens, the law in general, telling them to screw themselves. To leave what had been your home for so many years is just like saying goodbye to your life. Life is a valuable thing to have.
So is knowledge…
Although Socrates repeatedly mentions that he isn’t the brightest light bulb in the bunch, he was smart enough to not leave what he viewed as a great city. Corruption begins, at least one way it begins, is when a good majority of people, or a few notably popular people, begin to disobey or neglect existing rules, people, or regulations. How would others react if Socrates, a man who has been loyal to his country for almost a century, neglected his own government and ran off without a hint of dismay? The Athens government charged him of corrupting the children of Athens and his leaving would only justify their argument.
Socrates understands, just as every other moral person should understand, that home comes before anything. We all have opinions about how things should be done whether it is for the government, your job, or your personal life. I’m not saying that you should not express your opinions; however, what matters more is your home, your life, and you must live by the rules.