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Plato’s The Apology Morgan Messenger “When my sons grow up, gentlemen, if you think that they are putting money or anything else before goodness, take your revenge by plaguing them as I have plagued you; and if they fancy themselves for no reason, you must scold them just as I scolded you, for neglecting the important things and thinking that hey are good for something when they are good for nothing. If you do this, I shall have had justice at your hands—I and my children.” I believe that Socrates’ requests for his sons directly reflect how he defines a good life—displaying goodness, honor, and being true to God. Socrates believes firmly that goodness leads to success in life. “Wealth does not bring goodness, but goodness brings wealth and every other blessing, both to the individual and to the State.” By this, he means that living in a way that is good and pure guides not only him, but also the government towards prosperity.
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Unformatted text preview: Socrates displays several times throughout The Apology that honor is a building block to happiness in life. “Where a man has once taken up his stand, either because it seems best to him or in obedience to his orders, there I believe he is bound to remain and face the danger, taking no account of death or anything else before dishonour.” By this, he is saying that it is more important to stand up for what is right than what is popular. Socrates assures that being true to God will direct one to contentment in life. “The real wisdom is the property of the god, and this oracle is his was of telling us that human wisdom has little or no value.” By this, he is showing that God is the most important ruler and humans can’t even compare to His divinity. Plato’s The Apology obviously and clearly states Socrates’ definition of a good life, one in which goodness, honor, and being true to God are essential keys....
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