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Who Killed Socrates, and Why?

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I’m no history major, but I love reading buckets of history books. The way I see the world, the more we study history, humanity, and psychology, the easier it is to find similarities.

The more we find similarities, the easier it shall be to get along.

In this article, we’ll learn about Socrates, who he was, who killed him, and why.

As you will soon learn, if you’re not a student of history, there is a very high cost of challenging the authority.

Kill the Martyrs

Humans have a tragic track record of whacking each other. One of the patterns we’ve established for doing so beyond the ravages of war is naming people who get in our faces too much, martyrs.

Here’s the definition of a martyr:

We still love to make martyrs of those who dare the most to be different.

What the heck?

Daring to Be Too Different

Most of us simply can’t or won’t see our similarities. That’s because most of us aren’t very conscious. We prefer to sleep.

If one day we all agreed on one world religion, how long do you think it would take for one numb nut among us to think, “Oh, hey. I’ve got a better way. Yeah, God told me so.”

We have a remarkable history of usurping divine authority without knowing what’s on the other side.

So, we continue to persecute and whack our martyrs, beginning with those who dare to be different from living in our homes and communities; we fail to get along as if nobody remembers it takes two healthy wings to fly.

Here’s a short list of well-known martyrs and the price they paid for our collective ignorance:

  1. Jesus of Nazareth 4 BCE — 30/33 CE was crucified on accusations of blasphemy and his claim to be the Son of God. The Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, ultimately ordered his execution to maintain political order and appease the…



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