Socrates

Socrates has thoroughly justified his own decision to obey the opinions of the majority and
serve out the sentence that his own city has deemed appropriate for his crimes. At the beginning
of this piece, Socrates has presented a period of questions and answers through dialogue with
Crito. Throughout the dialogue Socrates is explaining his reasoning for not running from the
government. Crito does not understand the madness of Socrates, Crito will do whatever it takes
to help his friend to flee, instead of being exiled by the government. AI do not think that what
you are doing is right, to give up your life when you can save it, and to hasten your fate as your
enemies would hasten it, and indeed have hastened it in their wish to destroy you.@(Crito p.58c)

Throughout the begining of the dialog, Crito is expressing his feelings of why he believes
Socrates should flee from the city. Crito makes many valid points on why he disagrees with
Socrates decision to bare this misfortune. Crito offers to do on not fleeingbeing majorints
expressing to Socrates, that a man as courageous as Socrates and who has lived his life through
virtue . AYou seem to me to choose the easiest path, whereas one should choose the path a good
and courageous man would choose, particularly when one claims throughout one=s life to care
for virtue.@(Crito p.59d) Through the dialogue the questions and answers within Socrates and
Crito establish to major themes in which hold true throughout the work. The first being that a
person must decide whether the society in which one lives has a just reasoning behind it=s own
standards of right and wrong. The second being, that a person must have pride in the life that he
or she leads. In establishing basic questions of these two concepts, Socrates has precluded his
own circumstance and attempted to prove to his companion Crito, that the choice that he has
made is just. AI am the kind of man who listens only to the argument that on reflection seems best
to me. I cannot, now that this fate has come upon me, discard the arguments I used; they seen to
me much the same.@(Crito p.59b) The introduction of this work has also provided the concept
that it is our society or majority that has dictated what is considered virtuous action. According to
Socrates we have been given every opportunity to reject our society and renounce what it has
stood for and against. ANot one of our laws raises any obstacle or forbids him, if he is not
satisfied with us or the city, if one of you wants to go and live in a colony or wants to go
anywhere else, and keep his property.@ (Crito p.63d) Socrates states; that making a conscious
choice or effort to remain under the influence of a society is an unconscious agreement with that
society to live your life by it=s standards and virtues.

Socrates states after establishing his own agreement with his city=s virtues that he
believes in the validity of the decision imposed upon himself. He states that his decision is
justified by the fact that the laws and governing agents of the society must command a certain
degree of respect. Any person who would unjustly disobey these laws creates a deliberate attempt
to destroy them, as well as, the society which has imposed them. For example; AHowever, that
whoever of you remains when he sees how we conduct our trials and manage the city in other
ways, has in fact come to an agreement with us to obey our instructions.@ (Crito p.63e) If the
decisions of the city=s governing agents are not thoroughly respected as just and cohesive parts
of society, the very structure by which the society stands is subject to collapse. If a person is
found to be in violation of what his or her society stands for and does not accept the
consequences for his or her actions, then there can not be a system of law in place to create order.
A You must either persuade it or obey its orders, and endure in silence whatever it instructs you
to endure, whether blows or bonds, and if it leads you into