Socrates Must Die

“What’s the plan?”, said Anytus, “do we put him on trial for his crimes?”  Meletus responded, “Yes and he will be found guilty of corrupting the minds of the youth of Athens and of impiety for not believing in the gods of the state.  He is a critic of democracy and he has made us look foolish by praising our archrival Sparta.”  Lycon rang in and said, “Maybe we could just banish him from Athens, or have him chose his own punishment, or placate him by giving him some money, or free diners to just keep his mouth shut.”  Meletus said, “Socrates must be put on trial and if he is found guilty, his penalty should be death.”

At the trial Socrates said, “It was not uncommon for the people of Athens to cause legal trouble for a fellow citizen by making up completely false charges against them.  Impiety is an especially common charge, because it requires little evidence, and it holds a steep penalty.  If Zeus takes offense to my teachings, then let him strike me down where I stand.  I am much more interested in debating wisdom rather than pursuing favor with the gods.  The gods of Homer are not guides for morality. Chaos is created by the conflicting passions of these gods, because the universe should be guided by a god with a sense of purpose, a god that is the source of human consciousness and morality.  I am teaching philosophy to the young men in this great city, I am not corrupting them, because I am empowering them with my knowledge.”

Written for Rachel Poli I Read I Write I Create – Time To Write Creative Writing prompt Sentence Starter 48 “What’s the plan?”.

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