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one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all blessings for a man, yet men fear it as if they knew that it is the greatest of evils? (13). Plato is revealing a simple fact, that men have no wisdom regarding the subject of death. Men act as though they know what they do not. They fear death, but for what reason? Fear comes from a lack of knowledge. This lack of knowledge renders the truth obsolete and justice unachievable. Plato then begins to speak directly about the truth and how it will lead him and the city towards justice. He does not want the city to be angry with him for speaking the truth. He is seeking justice for the city and for himself. He admits that what he is accused of having done, others could have seen as unjust. Regarding the accusation of corrupting

the youth, Plato makes the point that, ?If I corrupt some young men, then surely some of them who have grown older and realized that I gave them bad advice when they were young should now themselves come up here to accuse me and avenge themselves? (16). No one is present to back this accusation. Plato is using the truth to seek out his own personal justice. Plato?s response to his sentence to death is honest and truthful. He knows that justice did not fail him, rather the lack of wisdom demonstrated by others failed him. Plato states, ?I leave you now, condemned to death by you, but they are condemned by truth to wickedness and injustice? (19). When the truth is revealed, these men will be faced with injustice, just as he was. He continues, ?You are wrong to believe that by

killing people you will prevent anyone from reproaching you for not living the right way? (19). Plato is telling the judges who have sentenced him to death that their minds will not be free. They are no closer to justice than when the trial had started. They are further from the truth that is found within justice. A great injustice has taken place because of the common inability to understand and respect the truth when it is spoken. Lastly, Plato returns to the inevitable topic of death. Men believe to be educated about death, when really they are not. Plato puts one last thought in the minds of his executors, ?there is good hope that death is a blessing. . .? he continues, ?for it is one of two things: either the dead are nothing and have no perception of anything, or it is, as

we are told, a change for the soul from here to another place? (20). Plato sees himself as having an advantage. His own search for the truth within justice has brought him to death. He has found the end of his journey through seeking justice. The judges have sought injustice and lost sight of the truth, therefore sentencing a just man to death. This is a sad reality, but the truth is not always pretty and the quest for justice is not always easy. The road towards wisdom is fogged with many lies and deceptions of reality. Plato has one final remark for his fellow city members, ?I go to die, and you go to live. Which of us goes to the better lot is known to no one, except the god? (20). This statement is important because Plato understands the fact that he is searching for

knowledge to achieve wisdom. He knows no better than the men who sentenced him to death. He understands that in the search for justice, the truth must be revealed. Plato revealed the truth and was sentenced to die. No one can be sure whether his death was just or unjust. It was his time to go. In his search for justice, Plato found different levels of knowledge and wisdom possessed by members of the community. He did not establish himself as greater than anyone else. He sought the truth to achieve justice and accomplished this task. Men see death as the end, yet what can really be seen without wisdom? Nothing. Although Plato was killed in his quest for justice, no one has the wisdom to say that his quest was in vain. Work Cited Morgan, Michael L., ed. Classics of Moral and

Political Theory. Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company, 1996. 32f