Socrates Actions Revealed In Oedipus The King

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This scene is set inside a mall after a shoplifter is escorted out for stealing clothes. Socrates sparks up a debate with a mall cop named Gregory. The dialog remains on the matter of law and punishable actions.

Socrates: What makes a deed or action worth punishment by the law? By what level of severity must the action be for the law to feel the need to step in and control the person whom is committing the deed?
Gregory: That’s simple; that man stole a couple of clothes from the store, so he is being sent to court. The judges will decide whether or not he is sent to jail. I’d say he will allegedly likely be punished for his actions.
S: I see. If a person inhabits a jail, that means they have committed thievery?
G: No. Others are sent to
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Picture this if you will: Say a man has a fair share of alcoholic drinks. He has no way to reach home from his friend’s house in this way he takes his own car that which he arrived in. On the way home, he is unable to stay in his lane and hits another car. The occupants of the other car are killed. Is this clear thus far?
G: Yes, I understand.
S: Do you assume the fault falls on the man?
G: Of course. His actions caused the lives of others.
S: Would you agree that the man had no intention of killing the occupants of the car?
G: Yes, I don’t imagine he did it on purpose.
S: What do you say would happen to the man? Should he not be prosecuted as his intentions were not aligned with his actions?
G: No, he should be prosecuted. He committed manslaughter and should be sentenced for his actions.
S: However, you just mentioned that his actions were not purposeful, and by your definition he should not be punished for his actions.
G: I suppose I am wrong. I aim to say that if the crime severely negatively affects another person, whether it acts intentionally or not, it worth punishment by the law.
S: It’s worth punishment by the law if you severely negatively affect a person?
G: Yes, you have it

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