On Injuring a Better Person

================================================== This belief of Socrates is one of the most difficult for a contemporary person to understand. On the abstract level, Socrates and Plato both believe that what is more real (and, therefore, superior) cannot be adversely affected by what is less real. On the more concrete moral plateau, which is referenced in the Apology, Socrates professes that a bad person (that is, one which is less real) can not harm a better one.

It appears that he had something like the following in mind. True harm involves remaining in the wretchedness of ignorance and vice. Since each of us is personally responsible for the state of our soul each can move out of this wretchedness through our own effort and no one can impose this evil on us! Sure, others can harm our bodies, even kill us, but this is nothing compared to the moral pollution we impose on ourselves!