This is due to the fact that whenever i succeed in

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This is due to the fact that whenever I succeed in disproving another person’s claim to wisdom in a given subject the bystanders assume that I know everything about that subject myself.
(23a) But the truth of the matter, gentlemen, is likely to be this: that real wisdom is the property of the god, and this oracle is his way of telling us that human wisdom has little or no value. (23b-c) It seems to me that he is not referring literally to Socrates, but has merely taken my name as an example, as if he would say to us, “The wisest of you men is he who has realized, like Socrates, that in respect of wisdom he is really worthless.” That is why I still go about seeking and searching in obedience to the divine command, if I think that anyone is wise, whether citizen or stranger; and when I decide that he is not wise, I try to assist the god by proving that he is not . This occupation has kept me too busy to do much either in politics or in my own affairs; in fact, my service to God has reduced me to extreme poverty. [Q: What does Socrates mean by “assisting” the god? What do you make of Socrates’ claim that his work is not political?]
SECOND SET OF ACCUSERS (24b-c) So much for my defense against the charges brought by the first group of my accusers. I shall now try to defend myself against Meletus - high-principled and and patriotic as he claims to be - and after that against the rest. Let us first consider their affidavit again, as though it represented a fresh prosecution. It runs something like this: Socrates is guilty of corrupting the minds of the young , and of believing in supernatural things of his own invention instead of the gods recognized by the State .” (24 d-e) Come now, Meletus, tell me this. You regard it as supremely important, do you not, that our young people should be exposed to the best possible influence? “I do” Very well, then…speak up and inform them who it is that has a good influence upon the young - you see, Meletus, that you are tongue-tied and cannot answer…
Meletus’ Cross-Examination Socrates: …I am asking you to name the person whose first business it is to know the laws. Meletus: These gentlemen here, Socrates, the members of the jury. Socrates: Excellent! A generous supply of benefactors. Well, then, do these spectators who are present in court have an improving influence, or not? Meletus: Yes, they do. Socrates: And what about the members of the Council? Meletus: Yes, the Councilors too. Socrates: But surely, Meletus the members of the Assembly do not corrupt the young? Or do all of them too exert an improving influence? Meletus: Yes, they do. Socrates: Then it would seem that the whole population of Athens has a refining effect upon the young, except myself; and I alone corrupt them. Is that your meaning?

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