I know that philosophy, especially Ancient Greek Philosophy, can be confusing, cryptic and sometimes boring. But I also know that you don't have to look too far to see the lasting effects that this type of philosophy has had on the development of modern society. So, I continue to read it and explore some hidden meanings.
Socrates was Plato's teacher, mentor and friend. Unfortunately, Socrates never wrote down any of his teachings. After Socrates was put to death, Plato became his voice. They both liked to teach through thought provoking conversations called dialogs.
In 399 BC, Socrates was arrested and charged with: Not recognizing the Gods recognized by the State; Inventing new Deities; and Corrupting the Youth of Athens.
"The Apology" refers to the trial that Socrates endured as remembered by his friend, Plato. Socrates' self-defense dialog was anything but an apology. It was inspiring and convincing. I certainly would have let him walk. But the court did not see it that way.
After his conviction, Socrates was offered exile, imprisonment or death. Spoiler alert...he chose death by poison.
Many of us, including myself, have been required to read, dissect, ponder and ultimately write about every aspect of the great philosophers. Back then, I did not ponder...I just wanted a good grade. As my college days become a distant memory, I ponder now.
I have an entire cabinet full of my graded philosophy papers. Some are well written, but all lack insight. Because I love philosophy today, I will not share any of my college papers with you. You're welcome.
However, I would like to direct you to a place where philosophy is funny, interesting and irreverent. I am going to rate this link "R" (language). Read "The Apology" as you have never read it before. Leave your sensibilities behind and enjoy:Philosophy & Psychology
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