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Life of Socrates November 19, 2014

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Socrates was born in 470, and in his youth he must have heard how his people had fought and won against the Persians.

Later Socrates was called to arms and served with distinction.

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At the time Athen’s relevant citizens hired philosophers to prepare their sons to run for office. The boys were mainly taught how to win.

Truth was no priority, could not be known, was considered all subjective and was at any rate not worth the effort.

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Socrates called the teachers vapid and trapped them up. He showed that their various opinions would not jibe.

The debates took place in the town square and many important people must have felt publicly ridiculed. —

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David Socrates death

In 399 bC Socrates was sentenced to death. According to the law he could only be executed while the Sacred Ship was at harbor. Meanwhile he was imprisoned.

His friends offered to bribe the guards to free him, but he refused.

His philosophy is known thanks to Plato who was his student and wrote the book :

great dialogues of Plato

The painting  by J. L. David is at New York’s Metropolitan Museum and published in public domain at Wikipedia. It is  all  drama and clothes falling off, renaissance imitation.

Remember that when Socrates’ wife and children wanted t0 come and say good-bye to him, he famously said to one of his friends: “Will someone please take her away?” This has always been greatly admired. The reader was supposed to understand that a man does not want to see tears in the presence of death.

But in the painting by David it’s the men who act out the drama.

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Comments»

1. David - December 17, 2009

We could use a guy like Socrates today.

2. cantueso - December 18, 2009

Well, I think he is better off where he is now.

3. David - December 20, 2009

Of course he is. But what about us?

4. cantueso - December 20, 2009

Well, I rather like it here. I read that there are better places to go to, but I simply got used to this one. What’s more, I think statistics show that the tougher things get, the harder everybody will try to stay on.

Ask your daughter, for doctors say that compliance with medical instructions increases with the severity of the condition.

5. David - December 20, 2009

I rather like it here too. No hemlock for me thanks. My major fear about my death is that it will be stupid or silly. My last words will be “Crap, what a big truck!”

Actually our daughter was telling us about working with an elderly female patient with diabetes, an amputated lower leg, failing kidneys, and a history of schizophrenia who was having none of anyone’s recommendations on anything. She kept saying “THAT’S BULLSHIT!”, and was in a hurry to get back to the nursing home to attend the xmas party there. Bet she was the “life of the party”.

6. cantueso - December 20, 2009

Ooops!

The thing is that often it is neither stupid, nor silly, but tough.
Franco. JPII. It took them days. They were both strong.

7. David - December 23, 2009

Have a merry xmas and let 2010 bring good things your way.

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