The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Laches by Plato:|
LACHES: What do you mean, Socrates?
SOCRATES: I will endeavour to explain; you would call a man courageous who
remains at his post, and fights with the enemy?
LACHES: Certainly I should.
SOCRATES: And so should I; but what would you say of another man, who
fights flying, instead of remaining?
LACHES: How flying?
SOCRATES: Why, as the Scythians are said to fight, flying as well as
pursuing; and as Homer says in praise of the horses of Aeneas, that they
knew 'how to pursue, and fly quickly hither and thither'; and he passes an
encomium on Aeneas himself, as having a knowledge of fear or flight, and