Sunday, October 6, 2013
Idle Thoughts -- Socrates' Debt
You read that Socartes last words referred to paying a debt to Asclepius. What do you think he meant ?
Asclepius was the god of healing and medicine. It is generally accepted that Socrates meant was that he was being cured of the sufferings of life. Death would set his soul free.
Some have objected to this comment saying that Socrates enjoyed life. Why then would he feel that to free his soul from his body would be a cure? Why would he want a cure to a life he enjoyed?
But just because he enjoyed this life does not mean that he did not look forward to something better. In Plato's dialogue, Phaedo, Socrates is presented as insisting that the soul is immortal. So, one can assume that Socrates was looking forward to his immortality. However much he enjoyed life on this earth, he may have felt it was time to move on or even that his immortal future would be much better than his life on this earth.