How can I summarize the purpose of Plato's Apology, and how it might connect to my life in a paragraph or two?

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In this particular context, an apology doesn't mean saying sorry for something; it means a defense of one's actions. And in the Apology Plato presents Socrates defending his actions in front of a jury of his peers.

Socrates has been charged with some very serious offenses, such as corrupting the youth of Athens and failing to acknowledge the gods. If found guilty, the likelihood is that he will be put to death. However, as Socrates begins his speech to the jury, it soon becomes clear that he's not about to get down on his knees and plead for his life. On the contrary, he's in a defiant, almost arrogant mood, as he stoutly defends his ideas, his actions, and his whole life. Far from being condemned, he says, he should be venerated; he should be provided with free meals for the rest of his life.

If you were to connect Plato's Apology to your own life, you could look at all the actions that others have condemned but which you believe to be right and construct an argument defending those actions....

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