Socrates was a truly remarkable man. As one of the greatest philosophers
of all time, many of his ideas are still discussed regularly. Studying his
life, particularly right before his death, can be very interesting. His
ability to always be thinking above the natural, his constant passion for
teaching and his no-nonsense attitude make him one of historyıs most
fascinating characters.
Socrates had a knack for being able to look over the natural
situation and determine what is truly important. After being condemed to
death, he knew that he would ³go away to the happiness of the blessed,²
and therefore was not worried about the matter. Simlarly, he realized the
insignificance of how he was buried. By saying ³you may bury me as you
please,² he helped his friends to realize the same thing. He also
requested that he make a libation to one of his gods with his
poison‹showing he was not troubled with the fact that he was about to
drink it.
Socrates was always trying to teach his followers something new:
from a simple nugget of wisdom to a profound principle for living. He
wisely stated: ³you must know that to use words wrongly is not only a
fault in itself; it also corrupts the soul.² He meant that by saying
something untrue, you can infect your own mind with the untrue idea. When
his friends began crying and mourning for him, he said, ³I have heard that
a man should die in peace.² He tried to assure them that this was not a
time for them to be upset. When Crito asked Socrates how he would like to
be buried, he turned to the group and said, ³My friends, a cannot convince
Crito that I am the Socrates that has been conversing with you.² He was
trying to teach Crito that Socrates was not the same thing as Socratesı
Socratesı no-nonsense attitude allowed him to get things done
without all of the needless worry that clutter oneıs mind. After handed
the poison, stated simply to the servant, ³Farewell, I will do as you
say.² He was not angry or disturbed, he just simply did as he was told.
Crito suggested that they wait a while to drink the poison, and stay up
for a while longer. But Socrates answerd that he ³should gain nothing by
drinking the poison a little later,² and refused to do as Crito proposed.
With that, he drank the poison without regret, and ended his life.
Socrates was always thinking above the natural, had a continual
desire to spread his wisdom and had a ³strickly business² attitude that
make him one of historyıs most captivating characters. There is much that
can be learned from the life of a remarkable man such as Socrates‹and from
his death.