Socratic Dialogue Kaczor

Socratic Dialogue Kaczor - Crito closed his mouth and his...

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…Crito closed his mouth and his eyes 1 . And once the aura of death had permeated the minds of all present, all the mourning contemporaries and students slowly removed themselves from the scene, until only the lifeless corpse remained. As the just man lay, a great cloud covered the sun and all light was blotted from the sky; the heavens gave thunderous groans and hurled white spears of lightening while the earth spewed great murmurs from its deepest crevice. Time became obsolete and history a mere afterthought, the universe twisted in a state of unconscious shock. Into the sky ascended the lifeless body, and perhaps the living soul… Socrates: Wow! God, I have to hand it to you, that was some introduction; the words flowed like the very blood through my veins, each sentence better than the last. After all these years you’ve still got it? God: I most certainly do, you surprising man. Socrates: Indeed I have now been a witness. But let me ask, if I may dare, why have you brought up my body? God: And what else would you have me bring? Did you expect for me to provide all your amenities; your tattered garments, a worn old shoe or two, your cup overflowing with the finest “two buck chuck”? Or maybe you had hoped for me to carry you up here and place you on a king’s throne, and adorn you with a crown of gold? For I tell you, that is an honor reserved for only One man. Socrates: Do not gloat in my lack of knowledge. I know that I am but a novice. Allow me to clarify. Why is it that you have chosen to include my body? For don’t you usually leave the empty corpse? God: Well you are quite the just man, and also a very wise man. But, let me reverse the current. On my court you will play according to my rules. Why do you suppose that I might leave the body down below? Socrates: That is quite a simple answer; the body is corrupted by the vices that precipitate a life amongst mortals. There should be no corrupted thing allowed within the sight of the pearly gates. God: A simple answer can only be delivered from a man as complex as yourself, O wise one. Now suppose that there is a lady, free from all human inclination. That is she feels no sway to do neither good nor evil because she knows only that she is indeed good. And suppose that because she has not been tainted by this knowledge of evil she lives her life free from all that evil brings about. So that when she has taken her last breath the annals of time cannot conjure up a single act nor a single thought of hers that was not wholly good; for even the hands of a man had never advanced upon her perfect body. Certainly you understand even better than I the situation I have set up? Socrates: Indubitably. God: As I suspected. So then let me ask you: what of this woman? What of her shall sit before
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This note was uploaded on 08/08/2009 for the course PHIL 120 taught by Professor Kaczor during the Spring '09 term at Loyola Marymount.

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