Under Which We Reside, for Which We Serve, Which Protects and Provides

Socrates is easily a favorite of mine when it comes to thinking on things rarely thought. (I actually went as him for Halloween). The way he takes the obvious, and shows why the obvious is not always the best answer is incredible, especially in his conversing with Crito. To say that we are slaves to government sounds terrible in the eyes of anyone living in a democratic society, and yet, it is far from untrue. We all equally agreed from birth that we would allow the government to withhold things such as the legal right to steal from others, but rarely do we see that that law in itself does not only keep the bad guys from our televisions or cars, but that every law was set also for the good citizens of society. We all so commonly see laws such as “Under the 6th section, article 4.34, the act of committing sexual intercourse with a person who has not consented to the act is considered a felony under U.S. Law” (I totally made that up) do not only keep bad men (or women?) from doing the act, or punishes them for committing it, but also keeps us from the same. It’s almost as if people think certain laws pertain to certain types of people. “Killing is illegal” supposedly only exists for that guy down the street who lives alone with all the guns and may have psychological illnesses, or gang members, where as “speeding is illegal” was supposedly only created for the straight-A sixteen year old cheerleader or the billionaire businessman late for work. The way Socrates explains how we are all subject to governing and that he himself will not just LEAVE, but stay and face what he has intentionally brought on his-self, is quite incredible in my mind.

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One thought on “Under Which We Reside, for Which We Serve, Which Protects and Provides

  1. Freedom is definitely two-faced. It’s possible for a government to give too much freedom, because after a certain point, certain freedoms are taken away from other people. For example, when we are free to dump all of our non-decomposing trash or our toxic chemicals into the ocean, we are eventually infringing on somebody else’s right to make a decent living from catching fish in the ocean; that is why ocean dumping has been made illegal years ago. Only certain people benefit from too much freedom, and most other people suffer from it. So to an extent, subjigation under the law is a good thing.

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