Ignorance In Socrates Apology

1944 Words 8 Pages
Socrates’ Nightmare Ignorance has been viewed as the enemy of wisdom and society frowns upon when they (who’s they? People?) simply “don’t know”. In Socrates’ “Apology” recorded by Plato, Socrates shows the audience and the jury that ignorance is not an enemy of wisdom, but it only becomes an enemy if they are not aware of what they do not know. Socrates makes the stunting--(stunning?) remark that “a good man cannot be harm in life or death,” and that killing him will do more harm. He understood that the first step to achieving wisdom is realizing one’s ignorance’s and if Socrates is he were gone, then no one will would show the people of Athens the path to truth. Socrates also understood that death is not to be fear feared, simply because …show more content…
As well as there is no need to fear death because human knowledge cannot represent the ones of the Gods. Socrates did not fear death since he considered himself to be a good man and life after death is unknown to him “I do not know whether death is a good or an evil” (Plato 13), so there is no need to fear what the unknown. He states that “death is a good, for one of two things: -either death is a state of nothingness and utter unconsciousness” (Plato 15), he does not know what death is, it could be a restless sleep that one is not aware of. Perhaps death is already present,. mMaybe humans are in a state of the process of death and it acts like a recorded memory which will sum up life through the perceptive of the dying, “I don’t know”. Socrates does not know death and death will soon get to know him as well teach him on the matters of “death”. This goes back to the idea that not knowing is a taboo, just because the world is simply in front of men does not mean that they know what it is. They must first understand it and anything beyond their life is out of their …show more content…
However, this statement might not be so accurate, Socrates considered himself as a good man not just for seeking virtue but cause of his obedience to the Gods. Socrates mentions that only “God is wise” (Plato 4); humans are not comparable to the Gods when it comes to wisdom. Human beings are below the Gods and above the animals; the difference between the Gods and humans is that the Gods “know”. Unlike, the Gods humans cannot know the answer to the ethical question “how can we live a good life?” Simply, because they are not Gods and yet humans view the Gods to be superior to mankind but how about if this are backwards? Due to the fact that human beings ask questions that there is no final answer to but regardless it is worthwhile. Since, it will bring a better understanding of their ignorance therefore leading to a “good” life as Socrates has done and explained the reasoning for him being a good man. The Gods only know, but that is it they know but do not understand the ethical questions because they are Gods. This is why Socrates is considered to be a good man, for one thing, he asks questions that challenges those who think they know and teaches them of what they really do not know. Secondly, he is aware of his own ignorance and because of that he has lived a good life. Finally, he is a seeker of virtue which is “the greatest good” (Plato

Related Documents