Plato 's Apology : An Individual Level

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In Plato’s Apology, Socrates is maliciously accused of corrupting the youth of Athens. Socrates deems this argument irrational as he states that it is ludicrous that “only one person corrupted [the] youth, while others improved them. He later goes on to point the indifference that Meletus, one of his accusers, has towards the youth himself. The idea that by harming others, we are intrinsically harming ourselves is presented here. Although Socrates’ ideas were formed in 339 BC, the ideas of interdependence as a global community as well as individuals are indeed very relevant in today’s society. It is vital that we realize that harm to others causes harm to ourselves as we are all connected as one human society. This is true on an individual level as well as at a nation-wide level. Our connection and interdependence to others is such an essential and imperative idea for us, as human beings, to comprehend. When one harms or is indifferent towards another person, one will be ultimately harming one self. For instance, when one person decides to completely ignore an individual who is homeless on the street in a city, that person thinks that their indifference is neither helping nor harming. This is in fact is not only harming the homeless individual but it is also negatively impacting the person who decided to maliciously ignore the homeless man. This homeless man will suffer the consequences of illness, and will eventually have to be taken to the emergency room for an…

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