Unlike some of his ancient contemporaries, Socrates is fairly candid and unapologetic about his beliefs about death. Socrates, in Apology, utters the sentence “…those of us who believe death to be an evil are certainly mistaken”, shortly after being handed a death sentence by the the court (40c). He shows no fear, and is willing to die to preserve his philosophical beliefs. For Socrates, death is not something to be feared or hated. As a matter of fact, Socrates sees begging for mercy as a fate worse than death. He views the concept of asking for a lighter sentence in order to live as compromising his core values. Socrates would very much die on his feet, than live on his knees. He maintains that while avoiding death is easy, he believes it to be the way one corrupts their soul; having a sense of self preservation at the cost of ones values makes man a selfish and wicked creature. Socrates …show more content…
I believe that death is a natural thing that occurs, and to fear the end is foolish. The eventuality of death is a constant reminder of the impermanence of the world. Everything must come to an end at some point. I know that when its my time to die, I will not try to avoid it. Death is not inherently evil or bad. Sure, some people think that it is because when you die you cease to be the person you were in life. I understand why some might find it scary, however how can death be bad when no one knows exactly what happens after death? It is unfair to assume that one of the most normal and natural processes is inherently bad when we do not know why it would be considered bad in the first place. I think that people fear death because they cannot comprehend that all their actions and accomplishments are ultimately meaningless in the long run. The average person, when they die, will become forgotten relic of the past; a fading memory trapped in a painting or photograph whose story has been lost to
No matter what religion, or belief an individual hails from, it can be assumed that most still fear death. However people die around us all day, and if you watch the news, death is a popular subject. As a Metallica song is titled, “to live is to die.” To some scientific theorists, there is a belief that you are never truly dead (not an afterlife). Merely the simple concept of, “energy can never be created or destroyed,” and the belief is that you simply are energy, as the hallowed equation goes, E=mc2.
No matter which path death is, death is a gain. One will either be a peaceful sleep, or a journey to another world filled with intelligent people and knowledge. He had support to his theory, but only talked about conversing with people from the past. The apology is repetitive in the last two paragraphs because Socrates desired to talk to all these different people. He did not clarify as to why living on Earth was cruel and that death was the only answer.
Socrates believes that even though escaping prison would save him from an unjust death, he rather die without any faults than fighting for justice by doing something unjust. Inevitably, Socrates would prefer dying without any slander of his name because it would make him more honorable. As a rebuttal to Socrates beliefs of dying with dignity, dignity serves no just after
In contrast, great philosophers such as Socrates view death as a great achievement and the ultimate accomplishment. Death is exhausted from his job: he is weary from working to serve humans. Death is haunted by humans because we exploit his time and forcefully tie him to serve us, not realizing our actions take a toll on him. Humans are inconsiderate of Death, committing hateful acts against our own species, making him work hard to serve our prejudices. Additionally, he witnesses our acts of kindness and love, making him wonder how such great hatred and goodwill can exist
In Apology, Socrates faces possible execution as he stands trial in front of his fellow Athenian men. This jury of men must decide whether Socrates has acted impiously against the gods and if he has corrupted the youth of Athens. Socrates claims in his defense that he wants to live a private life, away from public affairs and teachings in Athens. He instead wants to focus on self-examination and learning truths from those in Athens through inquiry. Socrates argues that "a [man] who really fights for justice must lead a private, not a public, life if [he] is to survive for even a short time" (32a).
Socrates was a greek philosopher who found himself in trouble with his fellow citizens and court for standing his grounds on his new found beliefs from his studies about philosophical virtue, justice, and truth. In “Apology” written by Plato, Socrates defended himself in trial, not with the goal of escaping the death sentence, but with the goal of doing the right thing and standing for his beliefs. With this mindset, Socrates had no intention of kissing up to the Athenians to save his life. Many will argue that Socrates’ speech was not very effective because he did not fight for his life, he just accepted the death sentence that he was punished with. In his speech he said, “But now it’s time to leave, time for me to die and for you to live.”
Many people are afraid of something whether it be certain animals, bugs, plants, or even people. However, I believe that everyone has a fear of death. When you die you don't know what happens afterwards. Some people think that your energy absorbs into the earth and you just become energy in the earth. Others believe nothing happens everything is simply black and your nonexistent.
In fear of death is to be ignorant, because to have fear is to believe that harm follows after. In The Apology, Socrates is indicted by Meletus for “corrupting” the minds of the youth and not believing in gods of which the Athenians do. Socrates is given the option to escape death with a penalty however, he denies the offer as he questions why was death portrayed as something fearful instead of living. Although Socrates claims that to be fearful of death is to be ignorant, the outcome of death is unknown because only God knows that the ignorance of death can be unjustifiable, for death could be virtuous or vile.
Socrates proposed two possibilities for what will happen after he dies: either his physical being will die while his soul continues life elsewhere, or his death will be like an eternal sleep without dreams or awareness. Because neither of his proposed ideas for afterlife cause any reasons for concern, and because of Socrates’ confidence in his good character, he did not fear the death penalty put against him. Rather than beg and embarrass himself in front of the court in an attempt to avoid the death penalty, Socrates continued to stand firm with his beliefs. This can be seen in artist JacquesLouis David’s portrayal of Socrates’ death. In his painting Socrates is deeply engaged in philosophical conversation with others while blindly reaching
Is it rational to fear death? The scientific explanation for death is that it is the permanent ending of vital processes in a cell or tissue. Many philosophers have expressed their opinions on this frequently debated topic. A philosopher with a strong viewpoint on this is Epicurus. Epicurus was an empiricist, which means he thought that the only valid way to learn about the universe is through the senses.
Secondly, people often fear death as they cannot control it. They try to take hold of almost everything: even their life. We try to control our aging processes, eating habits, romantic involvements. We try to become the Gods. But how can we, if in reality, we do not know anything about the world, our purpose of being here.
The reason I have a fear of death is because I don’t want to die. I don’t want to die because what is no one remembers me and also what if I die at an early age like when i’m in my 20’s or 30’s. An experience about death is that one day someone in my family was about to die and I got scared and ever since that day i’ve been scared of death. So
There were many times where the author would hint at the idea that people fear death simply because it’s inevitable. In other words death doesn’t discriminate, it doesn’t care if you’re the richest person or the poorest person; everyone will have to face death at the end of the day. As a result, we don’t get to choose when we want to die, how we want to die, or where we want to die. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, in her essay, “On The Fear Of Death” talks about death and how much men fear it “We are impressed that death has always been distasteful to man and will probably always be.” (221) Now one may think that death is something one shouldn’t be afraid of, however when death is constantly happening all around you, then you have no choice but to accept it.
What it may be is that this request comes from justice, like it is a way to appropriately punish Socrates, rather than death. This spells out that he looks at death as a worse punishment, but doesn’t think of it in the way that is already described. In fact, when it does hit him, he describes the value in
However, when the judge asked the jury to vote for the penalty; ''The jury votes in favor of the death penalty, 360 to 140'' (Woods, Ryan).This time the margin was greater because Socrates refused to give up about his philosophy and ideas about the gods. Socrates made his last speech before being led off to prison. In his last speech he divided the audience between accusers and followers. He blamed his accusers by ''putting to death Socrates, a wise man—they say I am wise, even if I am not''(Woods, Ryan) ,and he said if you have waited I will die anyway because I am an old man in seventy ,and If you have a patience I will die without any help (Woods, Ryan). Socrates by his words wanted to affect the jury and gain the mercy for not putting him to a death and change a penalty instead.