Through The Eyes Of Socrates: A Tragic Hero

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It is a common belief that Socrates is one of the most brilliant people of his time. What people do not realize is that the only thing that Socrates really knew was that he knew nothing. Socrates did not always have the answer, in fact he rarely did. He was simply able to disprove the theories of many other “wise” men of his time. Socrates was always “ready to question the rich and the poor if … [they are] willing to answer …questions and listen”, which led to him making more than a few enemies throughout his unusually lengthy life. It is understandable that people would be upset with Socrates for not only publically humiliating them, but also the fact that he would prove they were wrong, and he was not, in many cases, capable of supplying …show more content…
His enemies criticized him for things they did not understand and even accused Socrates of infractions he did not execute. Socrates was misunderstood by many, and while he had good intentions, he questioned one too many people and was unfortunately sentenced to death. His enemies did not understand what he was trying to accomplish and used their power to silence him forever. Sander is equally misunderstood. His political opponents and millions of uninformed Americans do not understand that he is a democratic socialist, not a socialist. There is a very big difference between being a socialist and a democratic socialist, the largest differences being how much control the government has and the negative associations many Americans have with socialism. Sander’s opponents misunderstand him and are dismissing him and his ideas because of it. Many Americans refuse to consider Sanders as an option on Election Day because they do not understand that he does not want the economy to be controlled by the government. Sanders has stated countless times the differences between socialists and democratic socialists but people refuse to listen. Because Sanders is misunderstood in a way not too different from Socrates, what he has to offer is being discounted in the same …show more content…
He has interviewed sanders on multiple occasions since Sanders began his bid for the presidency. In each interview, O’Reilly incorrectly criticizes Sanders for being a socialist. In one interview O’Reilly articulated: “unfortunately Socialists, and you’re one of those, want the government to run the economy…” In this quote O’Reilly is labeling Sanders as something he is not, and is saying it with such a tone that would turn the uninformed listener against Sanders. O’Reilly continues on and tries to talk over Sanders, who is trying to correct the colossal falsehood O’Reilly stated. A few moments later O’Reilly moves on to a new conversation about Iran, and since he was well aware that Sanders disagreed with his opinion, he opened the exchange by claiming: “the deal is a bad deal for us, you know that, everybody who can read knows that…” This leaves Sanders two options. Either agree with him, or disagree and have to deal with the fact that O’Reilly implied that anyone who disagrees is an illiterate fool. This does not deter Sanders one bit though; he stands up for what he believes in and counters “No I don’t know that…this agreement is not being built on trust, it is being built on verification…” and continues on, focusing on the issue at hand, not a petty squabble with O’Reilly. O’Reilly specifically poses his questions to make it tough for Sanders to reply, so that he can convince

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