The Apologys Of Socrates

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1) “ . . . Men of Athens . . . I’ll obey the god rather than you and as long as I draw breath and am able, I won’t give up practicing philosophy. . . “
a. This quote is said by Socrates in the text “The Trials of Socrates” the apology section written by Plato. In this text, Socrates is a philosopher who often challenges and questions things that were traditionally understood and accepted at the time. Socrates is accused of many things such as corrupting the young, and not believing in the gods traditionally worshiped in Greece. He is put to trial knowing very well that the verdict may be the death sentence, but still defends his beliefs. “The Apology” is not so much a literal apology for his actions and philosophy, but a justification for why
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This quote originates from the book of Genesis in “The Holy Bible”. The Lord also known as God, was displeased with his creation of man because of their sins and evil doings. God’s solution to this problem was to wipe the earth clean of man. “I will blot out from the earth the human beings I have created-people together with their animals…for I am sorry I have made them,” (Genesis, 6:7). However, there is one man who has done good and pleased God, this man is Noah. God warns Noah of his intentions to destroy all flesh and tells him to build an ark that will survive the coming flood waters. The quote is important to the story because it sets one of the major themes from the book of Genesis. Sinners will be punished, while good-doers will be rewarded, in this case, sinners were put to death while good-doers were spared life. The idea also shares many similarities with the story “Gilgamesh” where Uta-napishti was warned of an incoming deluge (flood) that would wipe man from the face of the earth because they too are not pleased with mankind. “I must go to the ocean below, to live with Ea, my master, and he will send you rain of plenty,” (George, 89). The stories do have their differences, however, both stories have the same motives for the cause of the floods and both stories warn one man of the coming destruction. Both men, Noah and Uta-napishti have pleased the gods or God enough to have earned their life, or in Uta-napishti’s case immortality. In the book of Genesis, the people were deserving of the flood in God’s eyes because they have sinned and all they had were evil, violent intentions which was not changing. Because of this he was not happy with his creation and destroyed everyone, aside from Noah and his family. In Gilgamesh, humankind was supposed to live to please the gods. Offering sacrifices, praising, and obeying rules, were all things expected from humans by the gods. When the humans stopped sacrificing, stopped praising, and obeying the rules

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