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A personal bible for life,
This review is from: The Last Days of Socrates (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
I've kept this paperback, bought with my school pocket money in the early 1960s, and still treasure it, the same copy. The Apology (Court Defence, on rigged charges) is, to say the least, electrifying. It's deep, deep thinking - yet put so plainly and in such an engaging way that you can't let go without feeling dishonest. It's become my own way of thinking and discussion. Be warned: there are some people who won't become your friends if you follow its processes: 'Tell me what you mean by.....' Those who avoid the questions are the shallow, the superficial people you don't want as friends. You make them think, and they're annoyed. So it was then (399 BCE), and so it is now. Read any tabloid, listen to political conference speeches, and you well understand why we could never have done without Sokrates, and Plato who preserved his teachings. Know yourself, however painful, and you come to know others too, for better or worse.