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The Role of the Community in Plato’s Crito
When people from other nations visit America, we are perceived as extremely ethnocentric citizens. Flags hanging at every corner, “God bless America” plastered on every wall: Americans love their country and love expressing this adoration. This admiration does not exist to the extent that it did in ancient Athens, as most proud Americans would not die for their nation today. In Plato’s Crito, Socrates, a proud Athenian, does not hesitate to die in accordance to the laws of his nation; as the status of his home state is more valuable to him than his own life. Thus, despite family and friends to live for, Socrates obeys the states wishes and agrees to die for his actions, as the state to him is the equivalent of a parent that he does not want to defy.
In the Crito, Socrates is charged with corrupting the youth by broadcasting these stinging questions that forced people to think. Athens, which at this time recently lost in battle, was seeking to eliminate anyone who they perceived as unfavorable by their gods in order to win back the compassion of their divine beings. Therefore, Socrates was put on trial for his impiety and was sentenced to a choice of exile or death. Refusing to be shamefully removed from his home state, Socrates selects death over exile and awaits death by hemlock. A bit of time after Socrates’ sentencing, Crito, his confidant, informs him that his death is near and attempts to convince him to escape. Crito tells
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