ocrates (Apology, p. 63, 18c6-10).Once obtaining the true

ocrates utilizes the allegory in the cave in order to paint a clearer picture in Glaucon’smind as to the negatives of general education and the positives of a higher, more philosophicalone. Socrates immediately makes a stab at formal education by opening with his idea that it lacksany real effect on our nature (Republic, Book 7, p. 206, 514a1-3). The first description Socratesgives of the prisoners is that “they have been there since childhood” (Republic, Book 7, p. 206,514a6), which is the idea that people are exposed to false teaching from their youth and areindoctrinated as a result. This same idea is echoed in the Euthyphro, in which Socrates is chargedwith corrupting the youth, so he claims Meletus is simply just indicting those who spoil youthfulminds (Euthyphro, p. 53, 3a1-2). Once more, in the Apology Socrates states to those of the juryagainst him “they also spoke to you at that age when you would most readily believe them, whensome of you were children” (Apology, p. 63, 18c6-10).Once obtaining the true knowledge from the sun, a wise man has no yearning to return tothe dimness of the fire. A wise man would rather suffer than desire the rewards or honor that theprisoners strive for (Republic, Book 7, p. 208, 516d-e). Not only would that escaped prisoner notwant their rewards, he would be ridiculed for his inability to recognize the shadows, which is theprisoner’s basis of knowledge (Republic, Book 7, p. 208, 517a). Socrates sees himself as thatinferior wise man as he claims to have “human wisdom”, while his accusers possess”superhuman wisdom” (Apology, p. 65, 20d9-12). Socrates finishes this argument with astatement on reputation. “Where wisdom is concerned, those who had the best reputations werepractically the most deficient, whereas men who were thought to be their inferiors were muchbetter off” (Apology, p. 66, 22a4-8).Throughout his lessons, Socrates is trying to instill in others is that to live a better life,one must criticize what is known and what is unknown. “When the escaped prisoner is remindedof his first dwelling place, what passed for wisdom there…don’t you think he would counthimself happy for the change and pity others?” (Republic, Book 7, p. 208, 516c4-8). Likewise,Socrates is disappointed when Euthyphro fails to educate him on piety and impiety properly. IfSocrates was given this wisdom he says he would “live a better way for the rest of my life”(Euthyphro, p. 62, 16a1-4). Across his teachings, Socrates points out that there is a danger thatcomes with being wise, and trying to share that wisdom. In the allegory in the cave, Socrateswarns that if someone tried to free the prisoners, and lead them towards true wisdom, that theprisoners would kill him when given the chance (Republic, Book 7, p. 208, 517a5-8). Thiswarning is similarly given in the Euthyphro, as Socrates states “if they think he’s making otherpeople wise like himself, they get angry” (Euthyphro, p. 53, 3c8-10). The unwise are numerousand anonymous, and Socrates describes educating them as “one must literally fight with theshadows to defend oneself” (Apology, p. 63, 18d6-7).