APOLOGY

Introduction:

The apology was written by Plato and it was Socrates defense against the accusations he was blamed for. He was very old and he was mainly accused of having ideas which were radical and in opposition to the common perceptions. He was accused of speculating about the heaven above and the earth underneath and seems to challenge the popular conceptions. Thus, he was also prejudiced as an old man with corrupting the minds of people and in his defense he said that even children from the beginning were told to oppose him because people do not allow free thinking. He in his defense also said that he do not even know the names of the people who have problem with him unless they are some famous people like a comic poet.

Thesis Statement:

The lesson is “Apology” written by Plato and has Socrates, presenting his defense that he should not be convicted for having able to speak up his mind and because his thoughts were not approved by a lot of people thought by power of majority he should apologize to the people whom sentiments are hurt through his discoveries and ideas.

Body:

            Socrates taught me that the word against him is spread by the hearers and there was no intention of hurting people’s feelings by him. “These are the accusers whom I dread; for they are the circulators of this rumor, and their hearers are too apt to fancy that speculators of this sort do

not believe in the gods”. He was discovering the truth of nature and in the process might have disturbed some people who are bound by the old and traditional caricatures of the society and think that he was trying to change or disrespect them which were obviously not the case. Socrates always used to have intellectual discussions with people and come up with his own ideas and that might be the reason that rumors got circulated that he is trying to change or corrupt the society by his revolutionary views and those are persistently doing the rounds.

Some of the examples of accusations On Socrates were that he was an evil doer and a curious person which is actually not a wrong thing. He was also accused of making wrong look right which promotes negativity and evil thought in people who are thinking of doing something wrong. So, the crux of it was that Socrates was trying to corrupt the society and he often has a strong eloquence of teaching the aforesaid doctrine to others. The rumors also say that he claimed to be walking in air and a lot of other nonsensical things which he never said and has never said anything disparaging to the student of natural philosophy.

He also appealed to people who have heard him and testify that he never said those things to anybody nor he has been disrespectful to any group or community. He was just discovering the truth about the world, god and evil by himself and keeps himself entertained by discussing his ideas with people. He has no intention of spreading any sort of negativity which he assumes has been spread about him in the society as people start opposing them and ask their children to oppose his ideas without actually knowing them. They even charged him for teaching and taking money which he thinks is absolutely right because who can impart knowledge can be credited with honor and can be paid.

Conclusion:

            Socrates always used to have intellectual discussions with people and come up with his own ideas and that might be the reason that rumors got circulated that he is trying to change or corrupt the society by his revolutionary views and those are persistently doing the rounds. The very first accusation on Socrates was that he was an evil doer and a curious person which is actually not a wrong thing. Socrates says that the word against him is spread by the hearers and there was no intention of hurting people’s feelings by him. He was discovering the truth of nature and in the process might have disturbed some people who are bound by the old and traditional ways of the society and think that he was trying to change or disrespect them which were obviously not the case.

References:

Plato, Apology, http://www2.hn.psu.edu/faculty/jmanis/plato/apology.pdf

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