With all that said, Socrates made the right call by refusing to run to exile to save his life. This is because running to exile would have meant that all that he had done in almost his whole life was useless. All the rules he had set for himself would have been of no use if he was to break them ultimately. The law is to be obeyed whether it favors someone or not and that is exactly the rule that Socrates followed. In this case, it was against him, and he obeyed it just the way he would have if it went in his favor
Civil Disobedience by Thoreau is the refusal to obey government demands or commands and nonresistance to consequent arrest and punishment this had an extreme effect on Martin Luther King Jr and Mahatma Gandhi. They were fighting for different beliefs. However they both had the same believes about civil disobedience and they both end in the same place, jail. In the first place Gandhi believed that the only way to confronted injustice was with non-violent methods. Gandhi once said “It is the acid test of non-violence,” “that in a non-violent conflict there is no rancor left behind and, in the end, the enemies are converted into friends.” For example, Gandhi expected Britain to allow India’s independence after World War I, but it did not happen,
While reading “The Crito” By Plato and Martin Luther King’s “Letters from a Birmingham Jail” I will use these two pieces of literature as a springboard to answer whether it is moral to break a law that you consider unjust. I will start first by analyzing Plato’s dialogue “The Crito”. The conversation takes place in a prison; this is where Socrates is awaiting his execution, and will be serving out the last days of his life. Socrates is visited by Crito, an old loyal friend, a generous friend who lacks ethical teaching and I also question his morals. His reason for visiting is as simple as persuading Socrates to escape.
To begin, I will be discussing the authors and his thesis. Apology, Crito, and Phaedo was written by Socrates’ apprentice Plato. In these books, Plato is narrating the events leading up to Socrates’ death. He begins in Apology tells us the readers of the court proceedings and conviction of Socrates. In this first narrative Plato is in the words of Professor Jeff McEwen “acting as a court scribe.” Plato is writing down Socrates defense and the responses of his accusers.
In the essay Civil Disobedience it says “That government is best which governs least”. This shows what Thoreau felt the government should not do. Many people felt intimidated by his radical ideas, The government also felt threatened by him. He refused to pay a poll tax and was put into jail, as a civilian it was his responsibility to follow this law but he broke it. Although, he is viewed as a radical and a crazy person he greatly impacted people’s views about speaking out against laws that are abusive.
For other words, “ People who threaten to harm the innocent thereby forfeit their own right not to be killed” (Misurelli). This quote proves anyone who stands in their way maybe legally harmed. Therefore, “ The country has the right to defend itself against aggression by both national and international laws....” ( Frank). With is in mind, it is their duty to keep citizens safe. George’s act of killing Lennie was a justifiable act because he didn't want Lennie to suffer.
And I will be explaining my position regarding what Socrates has said that we shouldn’t always avoid death. Socrates thinks that death should not be avoided for reason that he believes having him sentenced to death by the jury think that they are causing any harm to him but the actual fact it is that they are not harming him in any way because neither of them or anyone includes Socrates himself have knowledge that whether death is harmful or not, so he holds that since that it’s the cause he has no or sees no reason for one to fear death because generally human nature we fear things that are harmful to us, things that we genuinely know to be harmful because we have experience the harm for example one being shot in the arm with gun may results in losing the arm, be in pains and wounded which provide reason for people to fear to shot. And
Creon’s conflict involves two choices that seem equally righteous—that is, between the stability of the state and obedience to divine law. Initially, he wants to protect his people and stand against all odds. He is willing to listen to advice, take no man who does not support Thebes as his friend, and bury all bodies according to divine law. Instead, Creon opposes the gods’ law and does not follow through with his initial plans. Therefore, his tragic flaw is hubris, or excessive pride that causes his transgression again the gods.
We must control our actions and not give into the evil and bitterness that comes with causing pain or dismay among others. We must hold our turn our cheeks and take the high road because if we choose not to fight we end the fight by not fighting. This is an example of agape because it shows a comprehension of how we understand something, while never eliciting violence on others. In TKAM this was exemplified when Atticus had lost the trial he had exposed many secrets of another and that person had spit in Atticus’s face but Atticus never fought back because that would bring moral shame and go against his beliefs of nonviolence. Agape can be shown in different but still mean the same thing, Atticus had avoided violence because it would only shame himself than the other
As we may know, breaking the law is not always justified. It may lead to dysfunction and chaos in our society. Laws are created and exist to keep the citizens secure, safe, and from behaving in a negative manner that will greatly affect the quality of our lives. Everyone knows that the law should not be broken due to them being an essential piece of humanity, however "the only reason the law should ever be broken by someone was if it was necessary to stay alive or to defeat injustice. The law should protect everyone and if it 's not doing that whether it be due to oppression or survival, it is OK to break it" (Debate.org).
He warns the council that although a proposition may seem appealing they must not be fooled by it for a man will do anything to be believed and even though they may not notice the deception the state will not be fooled. However, Diodotus understand that the Mytilenians should not be left unchecked, he agrees with Cleon in concern of the future but not the death sentence of the Mytilenians. For if they do impose the death penalty it would only cost the country instead, he suggest something else, “we should be looking for a method by which, empowering moderation in our punishments, we can in the future secure ourselves the full use of those cities which bring us important contributions” (p.221). He brings up the error in which led them to the revolt for by forcefully subduing a free country it lead its populace to assert its dominance, so the country at this point must care for them to avoid having the same thing happen. And if they choose to continue with the death