Fear Of Death In The Apology

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This paper will both support and criticize Socrates' theories regarding death in The Apology. Although I agree with Socrates’ theory that death need not be feared because to fear death is a false wisdom, I disagree with Socrates’ implication that death is a blessing. First, I will back up Socrates' claim that because we do not know what happens when we die, there is no reason to fear it. After that, I will dispute Socrates' implications that death is a good thing. In The Apology, Socrates is being put on trial for believing in his own set of gods, failing to acknowledge the recognized Athenian gods and for endangering the Athenian youth (Plato 24). Originally, the jury lets Socrates off with just a fine, but because he keeps arguing and provoking…show more content…
To start, many people associate death with suffering, or intense physical/emotional pain. This is likely because death is associated with terminal illness. This creates the stigma that death will be an agonizing experience for not only the person dying, but the person’s loved ones, as well. Second, people fear the lack of existence. Regardless of faith or lack of, a lot of people are scared of the idea of nothingness. The idea of there being no afterlife and merely laying in the ground scares a lot of people. Next, on a similar note, people are often afraid of eternal damnation. Regardless of an individual’s beliefs, the idea of being perpetually punished is pretty daunting…show more content…
We’re afraid of death because we associate it with suffering, a lack of existence, eternal damnation, and the unknown. The truth is, we have no idea what death is like, and we never will know until we die. As Socrates put it, “To fear death, gentlemen, is no other than to think oneself wise when one is not, to think one knows what one does not know. No one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all blessings for a man, yet men fear it as if they knew that it is the greatest of evils” (Plato 29). Socrates makes a good point-- we shouldn’t fear what we do not

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