You will prepare and submit a term paper on Discourse on Plato. Your paper should be a minimum of 1250 words in length. To escape would mean that he would be going against the laws of the city of Athens and this would lead to s situation where he would not have peace with himself as a fugitive. The life of a fugitive would bring destruction to his soul because he would not have the peace that he needed to ensure that he lives a normal life. Furthermore, Socrates argues that his life would not be worth living if his soul is ruined as a result of choosing to escape because to escape would mean that his life would have lost all meaning (Boylan and Johnson, 2010). One would agree with this argument since to escape would mean that Socrates will not be able to live his life in complete freedom and will always continuously be looking over his shoulder in a bid to escape the vengeful Athenian authorities. The argument of his soul being ruined because he will not be living well is an example of the manner through which Socrates believed that the laws of the state were created for the purpose of guiding the lives of men and if they were violated, it would mean that life was not worth living. Living well, according to Socrates, can only be achieved through the obedience of the law and this means ensuring that one lives a moral and just life. Socrates’ argument, therefore, shows that life is not worth living if it is not just and moral and this creates a situation where his escape would be detrimental to justice and morality.
Another argument that Socrates makes is that his escape would have consequences for the city of Athens. Among these consequences is that an escape would lead to the violation of the laws of Athens and this would mean that not only these laws but also the foundation of the city itself would be destroyed. Furthermore, to escape would mean that there would be a serious violation of the laws of Athens and to do so would have a negative consequence for the citizens of the city because they would also end up being harmed.