Viewson Socrates Code of Living
Socratesbelieves that a person should live according to what he/she believesis right regardless of the circumstances. I have an opinion thatneither tends to agree nor disagree, but is rather focused oncombining both views. Socrates is aging in prison during the time,which his friend Crito comes to visit him. His friend Crito tries toconvince Socrates to escape from prison, but Socrates is having noneof it. He argues that running away at that time will destroy hisreputation by branding him a coward, and it is contrary to what hehas always believed in. He also has fears that his other friends whowill help him escape will be deprived of their property for aiding afugitive. This essay is aimed at showing that a person can eitherchose to live by what he/she believes is right or not depending onthe circumstances.
Viewson Socrates Code of Living
Accordingto the article, Crito is really trying to convince his friendSocrates to escape as he is sentenced to hanging the following dayonce a certain ship arrives. Socrates argues that in so doing he willhave betrayed the authority that he argues, are like his parents anddisobeying them is like disobeying his own parents. He continues toargue that the law made sure that his father married his mother andforced them to train him in gymnastics. There is a common saying thatsays, “When you commit a crime be prepared to do the time.” In myopinion, Socrates lives by this code in that he is prepared to facethe consequences of his actions moreover he is determined to upholdthe rule of law even if it leads to his death. Socrates was a verywise man who could have contributed a lot to the advancement inknowledge had he escaped. I would have advised him to escape, as anold man deserves to enjoy his last days on earth as not many peoplelive to see their old age. I also think he could have contributed alot in knowledge advancement irrespective of where he was livingafter he had escaped.
Critoeven has a plan on how to silence the informers by giving them money(bribing them). This shows that he would have easily disappeared andlived a comfortable life anywhere else, he wished or wanted to.
Onthe other hand, it would have been fatal for his friends had he triedto escape and caught in the act as that would have implicated them ofaiding a criminal. Had he managed to escape and his friendsdiscovered that they had a hand in the escape it would also have beennot so good for them. They would have been deprived of their socialstatus and their property. It is evident that he is not ready to draghis friends who are more than willing to help him with his mess.
Socratesalso believes that man should live by what he believes is rightwithout the influence of the masses. He is not comfortable withescaping being part of the solution to his “misfortunes” as hecalls them, although, he is very much ready and open to any othersolutions that his friend Crito can come up with. He (Socrates)argues that even before he was condemned, he still believed in therule of law and approved of the authorities therefore running awaylike a hopeless slave was not an option for him. Since he trusted therule of law and did not try to challenge it or run away when he hadthe chance, he sees no point in doing so now.
Hecontinues to maintain that virtues, justice, institutions and lawsare the best things that are among men. It is clear that Socratesbelieves that man should not repay wrong by wrong or evil by evilrather, man should avoid doing wrong with the intention of justifyingit later. According to him, a wrong is a wrong, no matter what. Heargues that the end does not justify the means.
Hetends to think that man should not think of life and children firstbut of justice first. I tend to disagree with this statement, and Isecond his friend Crito, who thinks that no man should bring childreninto this world and fail to nurture or educate them as to hiscapability.
Socratestends to think that no one is above the law, and every person shouldbe accountable for their mistakes to which I strongly agree. No oneshould drag other people into their own mess rather they should dealwith their own troubles.
Ialso agree with Socrates that no man should commit any wrongdoing. I,however, disagree with him when he states that the end does notjustify the means. In some cases, the end justifies the means in thata person can do wrong, so as to have a positive outcome or tominimize any harm that may be caused by outcome if he/she had notacted. For example, in the case where Crito had a plan to bribe theinformers, it would have justified the end in that Socrates would befree, and he would have continued to contribute in his professionalfield.