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Even after thousands of years Plato and Socrates teachings are as
valid in today communities as it was in their times. Plato left
us a blueprint etch in stone in becoming an idealistic human
being and righteous community. Through Crito, Apology, and the
Republic, Plato reveals that even though the unjust ideals may be
enticing it will bring a just happiness.
In book VII of The Republic, Socrates speaks with Glaucon
about the analogy of "The Cave". This analogy represents
humanity as being ignorant and uneducated. Unable to
conceptualize or understand beyond what can be seen. People in
the Cave were unable to see anything except the images made that
are cast against the wall which for the most part are false.
This is their reality. Socrates teaches that one must realize
the falseness of the shadows and turn to search for the truth.
One must question the traditions of the community to seek
knowledge. I can relate this to the community I grew up. It was
a community that didn’t believe in education as an important tool
to success. I would see generation after generation of people
who would continue the same blindness and not realizing the truth
in knowledge. I was one of the few who wanted more than what the
cave offered. I knew there was more than what was in my
community. So I left my community studied how other communities
achieved success that I was searching. Socrates also teaches
that the ones who do find knowledge out of the cave must return
and inform them of what you have seen and what reality really is.
In my experience I have done such thing by returning to my
community and letting family, friends and acquaintances know of
the fallacy we are living in. I would inform them of a better
life outside of the cave that is my community. Socrates teaches
us the goal of a philosopher is to think and comprehend matters
beyond those of this world. It is then their obligation to
enlighten the rest of us, as the rest of us are in the dark, as
the message of the Cave reveals.
In the Apology and Critos, we experience the final life of
Socrates and his teachings of paying the price for disobeying the
laws of the state. He believed the politics in Athens were so
corrupt he wouldn’t have survived because a just man can not live
in Athens. In the Apology, he was charged of the corruption of
the Athenians youth by teaching them atheism and corrupting their
minds. Even though the judges were willing to let him live under
the conditions he would stop practicing philosophy, he still
refuse these conditions. He believed that he would rather obey
god than man and he can not live exercising his belief, he
preferred to die. I believed his life would have been a waste if
he listened to the judges and stop questioning the Athenians view
of happiness and justice. I also learned from the Apology that
one should not fear death or treat as a bad thing. Socrates
believed that death could be a blessing instead of a curse that
the majority of us believe. He states death could be dreamless
sleep which would be an advantage. He saw death as entering a
place where he could speak with the great minds of the past.
In the Crito, Socrates teaches us once you disobey the law
you must be ready to accept the punishment. Socrates had many
opportunities to escape the death sentence. However, if he did
escape from prison such as Crito suggested the polis would have
taught of Socrates as a hypocrite instead of a great philosopher.
He saw his escape as a harm to the city which would contradict
the ideals of a just man/just state.
Another theory Plato taught was the Theory of the
Ideas/Forms. This theory is a very abstract quality for the
perfect ruler. Plato mention until a philosopher becomes a ruler
the ideal State would never flourish. Philosopher is a lover of
wisdom and seeker of the truth. In his theory, he uses the idea
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