Socrates Vs Plato

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Socrates finds himself on trial and must defend, or apologize, for offending the people of Athens. Through his practice of Philosophy, he has sought to gain knowledge about many things and has thus made many enemies. He says that other men, who claim to be wise about various matters, are not really very smart and that he is smarter than they are because he continually questions in order to gain more knowledge. He is accused of corrupting the young men of Athens by teaching them this way of thinking. He believes that "the unexamined life is not worth living for man." I only partially agree with his statement. While it is a noble endeavor to spend one's time examining all aspects of life, critically thinking about every decision and subject, it is not always practical. There are many people for whom just getting through the day requires all their energy, with none left over for worrying about the meaning of life or their place in the world. Figuring out how to keep a roof over one's head, food on the table and clothes on one's back takes precedence over pondering ethical dilemmas or hypothetical questions of right and wrong. On the other hand, the collegiate setting is a wonderful time to take the opportunity to explore these ideas which may help…show more content…
While that may sound shallow to some, I find it to be a wise choice. There are only so many things I can worry about at a time, otherwise I will drive myself crazy. Can I solve all the world's problems? No. Can I do something about a few of the problems in my own neighborhood? I can try. I cannot end world hunger, but I can donate to a local food pantry. I can't save all the homeless animals, but I have rescued 3 dogs and 3 cats, and donate to an animal rescue organization. By questioning what I value, these are actions I have decided to

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