Divine Presence

================================================== Part of Socrates' spirituality is his experience of a divine presence within himself. This daimon, as he called it, would warn him if he was undertaking something inappropriate, and remain silent if he pursued the good.

Furthermore, Socrates implies that daimons are the children of divine and human parents, (i.e. demigods). Thus, they are midway between the mortal and divine. One interesting aside to all this is that subsequent Christian society came to view all such spirits as evil ("demon" is derived from the Greek word, "daimon"). In classical Greece, however, daimons could be beneficial as is the case with the one Socrates has been gifted with since a child. An oracle can also refer to a person, place, or thing.