You will prepare and submit a term paper on The Consequences of Socrates’ Conducts on Crito. Your paper should be a minimum of 1250 words in length. In the first instance, Crito will lose a good friend if something terrible happens to Socrates and results in his death in prison (Holbo & Waring, 23). This will also imply that Crito valued money more than his friend, which is why he could not pay a small bribe to save Socrates. It would be hard for anyone to believe that Socrates accepted the execution freely. Crito’s way of thinking was unreasonable because he only viewed the consequences of Socrates’ conduct on his friends. He assumed that when a friend is in danger, others must get him or her out of trouble. However, Crito did not assess the consequences of helping Socrates to escape or the reason why Socrates was so willing to go into prison. Socrates may have committed a crime that he believed justified to go into prison. Also, Crito did not consider the fate that could befall Socrates if he fled the execution and decide to live in exile. He could probably meet his death in exile and cause Crito to feel guilty about his friend’s death (Holbo & Waring, 28). This could plunge Crito into the same trouble he was trying to avoid by smuggling Socrates from prison.
Crito’s argument that Socrates was behaving unfairly is reasonable because Socrates’ conduct during the trial was against his principles. Socrates had refused to abandon his teachings because he believed that was against his norms since no one can stop doing what they believe is good (Holbo & Waring, 39). In his teachings, Socrates linked wisdom with goodness and evil with a lack of knowledge. For these reasons, Socrates strived to assist people in understanding and abandon their ignorance to live better lives. However, during his trial, Socrates adamantly failed to defend himself or escape from prison, hence risking his sons’ fate, as Crito argued (Holbo & Waring, 43). The same ignorance that Socrates thought was making people suffer is what made him accept going into .prison without considering the future of his children.