Socrates’ View of Death
Plato’s Apology: Socrates Defense represents Socrates’ trial for not recognizing the God’s recognized by the state, inventing new deities and corrupting the youth of Athens. Socrates’ speech, however, was not an apology in the contemporary sense. During those times, the name of the dialogue comes from the Greek word apologia, which means a defense or justification. Socrates did not apologize; instead he stood up for what he believed in and defended himself. He began his defense by saying” he was only providing a service to the Gods and that he was the wisest of all men”. This did not work in his favor because he insulted them and as a result, Socrates was found guilty from the trial and was sentenced to death. The one thing that separated Socrates apart was that he did not view death as a bad thing. Some people find Socrates' opinion on death overwhelming, but yet eye opening. In the end, Socrates' views are not usually favored in today's society. He brings up the idea of death in an extremely logical manner; so logical that is seems almost too simple. In Socrates’ eyes it is ridiculous to fear death because we do not know what death leads to. It is absurd to be afraid of something you know nothing about. That afterlife could lead to something that is amazing in all the right ways or it could lead us to something wrong in all the right ways. Socrates argues that there are only two logical states of mind one can be in during death: conscious or unconscious. If conscious, then our souls would be relocated. In essence, it would be with others that have left this life prior. In this case, Socrates states that there are only benefits and blessings because one will be able to reunite with loved ones from the past, meet important historical people, continue to grow as a being and absorb wisdom. If unconscious, then it is also a good thing because it will be like a long nap. Socrates explains how even a king enjoys a long restful slumber and...
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