Journal Entry 1: Socrates’ Personality
Socrates is viewed as an inscrutable individual because of his philosophical ideas. In another perspective, Socrates is an influential figure in this part of the world. His personality is more or less considered pragmatic owing to his philosophical way of life and as a model for ethical living. The emulation and admiration accorded to Socrates can only be compared with that of Buddha or Jesus. This is interesting because unlike Buddha or Jesus, Socrates works so hard in persuading people to think on their own. As his close friend, I find him to be impressive, impressive in the sense that there are many people who want to write about him and his ideas. Most of the people who inquire about him also consider him a unique man in his behavior, personality, views, appearance, and methods.
In this era, proper bearing and good looks are important for any man’s political prospects. This is because, in this culture, there is a connection between goodness and beauty in the popular imagination. However, just to be frank, Socrates is not handsome or appealing man, but could only be compared with a satyr. His eyes, which are not only wide set, but also bulging, seem to have been strategic as they enable him to see what is ahead, as well as what is beside him. He has an upturned, flat nose with flaring nostrils. His lips are fleshy, large like an ass. His hair, which is Spartan style, is long. He likes walking barefooted, and he is arrogant. All these characters actually make him a very interesting man to watch.
Journal Entry 2: The Political Situation in Socrates’ Time
People in the city actively take part in the governance system of their regions. The populations in the city are far or less sparsely populated, and the city inhabitants consider themselves as family members. At this time, the Athenian hegemony was transitioning from its peak level to its demise having been defeated by Sparta and its partners. Athens is busy stabilizing itself after humiliation from the war defeat. Further, many citizens are having doubts whether democracy was an effective form of government. Consequently the majority of the citizens are clinging onto past glories, physical beauty and notions of wealth elements which they value in high esteem. However, Socrates perceives these notions negatively and rather, he emphasizes on the higher significance of the mind. The philosophers challenges to current conventional wisdom and the humorous way in which he goes about it has drawn admiration among many. On the other hand, Socrates has been able to draw a number of enemies particularly from people who feels that his sentiments are threatening their way of way and creating uncertainty in their future. Socrates was a strong criticizer of democracy. According to Irvine (2008) Socrates problems with the government in his time was due to political infighting that was going on at this time.
Journal Entry 2: Socrates Reactions to Live Issues and Challenges
My friend’s workplace is mainly in public areas and the marketplace where he converses with different types of people poor, rich, free slave, old or young. In other words, he is ready to be joined by anyone who feels interested in his discussions. He seems to dedicate his life in examining other people’s lives, as well as his own. According to him, life that is not examined is not worth living. This man does this business single handedly, questioning people on what should be given priority such s moderation, reverence, love or courage. He does this irrespective of whether the people he is questioning are comfortable or resistively. Another interesting thing about Socrates is that he does not align himself with any political groupings. This is why he has friends and enemies from both political affiliations while also supporting and opposing actions performed by individuals from both groups. In his business, he has encounters various challenges on a regular basis. His focus is to create awareness on Athenians on why they should pursue wisdom instead of striving for fame or material wealth. For every challenge he faces, his popular method of solving it is first breaking the problem into several parts and then finding a solution to each part.
How Other People perceive Socrates in his Time
In his day-to-day activities, Socrates could engage with political leaders, prominent intellectuals, and young men who highly admires his philosophical concepts, as well as style of speech. His philosophical concepts seems to have much influence among some of his learners such as Plato and other friends who puts down into writing his ideas. In fact, there are several occasions where he has fallen at a crossroad with Athenian authorities for charges related to corrupting the minds of the youths. In addition, his failure to believe in Olympian gods does not also augur well with the authorities either who views him as one against their culture. Many are regarding him as a model for skeptical inquiry who does not know the truth and a “sage” who knows virtually everything about human life.