He also represents integrity, for when we inquire into the meaning of existence and develop a set of beliefs, we must live up to those beliefs. Socrates believes the unexamined life is not worth living, and if he accepts the right of the court to judge his thoughts, he has lost his integrity. Socrates is a poor man who is rich in intellect and in dedication. His followers carry on his ideas for him, and though they may want to save him, he talks them out of it because to escape would be to go against his principles.
There are two sets of charges against Socrates, as he notes in his speech in The Apology. The first is called the older or more ancient accusation, while the second is referred to a the contemporary accusation. Socrates dreads the older of the two the most because he has many accusers for this issue and because he cannot name them all, while for the second he can name the three or four men who have brought the charge against him. The older charge is simply that Socrates is an evil-doer and also someone who is peculiar and just does not fit in with everyone else in Athenian society. The reason for this is someone who looks into the things of this world and the next and who teaches his doctrines on these topics to others, that he is a teacher and takes money for his teaching. The second set of accusations also hold that Socrates is an evil-doer and t