The Philosophy Of Socrates: Part III

Curious Man:


Look...there's a young man giving people money...hello why are you giving people money,


Student:


Passion...compassion...human integrity...ask me for more...my master is right behind that wall,


Curious Man:


Who's your master little man...is he the one making you hand out money...why those values...your an apprentice philosopher aren't you,


Student:


Socrates is his name...oh Socrates...this villager wants you...wants to ask you a question,


Curious Man:


Socrates...how are you sir...why the giving away of money...why are you making this young man do this...?


Socrates:


Why wouldn't I?
Why couldn't I?
Why don't you ask him for more?
Don't you desire money?
Need it for food?
Need it for clothes?
Need it for your home?
Does he not have enough money?
Don't you need it?
What if he didn't give you money?

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Curious Man:


Well...i don't understand...the questions...too many to answer...I guess i could take some...but why is he giving it out,
Your still not answering me...are you waiting for my response...I might need food...maybe clothes...this is my only pair,
Your still not answering...Socrates answer me...I need to know why...maybe I need to pay my rent...I don't know why he would give it to me,
Please answer me...young man...why would you give me money...don't you need it...you mean you won't answer...wait Socrates your going to tell me...please do...

Socrates:


What would you like me to say?
Would you like me to tell you he doesn't need it?
Why wouldn't he need it?
Good Samaritans need to give don't they?
Do you dare defy the gods wisdom?
Have you no compassion for goodwill?
I think you must think about these things, don't you?
Will you just take his money and feel good about yourself or will you feel bad?

Student:


Please let me take this money...here you go sir...I promise to make this money go towards something good Socrates,
Didn't you already know you would...may the gods bless you.

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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

I,m not really so sure that Socrates would have been giving away money, as he never had very much himself.


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BakerRambles 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Read a little closer, he taught a man humility through the giving of the mans money

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