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Unformatted text preview: stand by and watch a blossoming tree wastefully destroy its own fruit. (p. 224) It is hard to tell if Socrates fully accomplished this because this such a important and respected member of the community supporting the young boy, it gave him almost a free reign on doing or saying what ever he pleased. Once, when he was scarcely more than a boy, he went up to a teacher and asked for a book of Homer. When the man said that he had nothing of Homer, Alcibiades punched him and walked on by. (p.227) This example shows how much he lacked respect for any one but Socrates. Naturally he had good intentions for the city. Once a man came to him with his life savings in his hand and asked to accept it but Alcibiades refused, invited the man in for dinner, and then told the man to go down to the public auction and out bid everyone. He even threatened to thrash him if he did not go. This may seem like...
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