Socrates


, as known by Renault, was a beautiful creature. Not physically
beautiful, but internally and fundamentally beautiful. It was he who said:
When you assume the show of any virtue, you open a credit account, which one day
you will have to meet or go broke (pp. 398). According to Renault,
taught children free of charge. He often walked and talked with children and
young men in the market. They discussed, or more accurately argued in a calm
manner, various issues ranging from the sciences to religion. Socrates, however,
usually avoided the subject of government whenever possible. Socrates believed
his role in life was to teach a new understanding of virtues, it was these
virtues that ...

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in the pupil much reverence for
age and kinship in mere men." Parents blamed the lack of respect for elders on
Socrates. In truth Renault says that he was only giving them guidance so that
they may guide themselves and be free of petty problems. This guidance and
advice caused these young men to re-think their attitudes. Indeed Alexias,
Xenophon, and especially Plato were all changed by Socrates. They loved
Socrates like a mother or father: pp. 392, "In a word," said Xenophon, "We love
him." This love for Socrates was often misinterpreted as love being lost for
family, through argument. Parents were so afraid of losing children to him they
made laws. One law stated that Socrates could not speak to anyone under thirty
years of age. Socrates defied this law, and was not punished. However after a
while all his defiance's and warnings caught up with him. He was given the
choice of banishment or death. He chose death. Many of his students wanted to
free him, but Socrates ...

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