Why does Socrates resist the idea that suicide is acceptable?

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Plato stated in his dialogue Phaedo, that Socrates discussed the fact that we do not have ownership of our bodies, but that we are the ownership of the gods. Socrates placed particular focus on the connection between the body and the soul, and how one has no right to direct the fates of neither. When we feed the soul and grow internally as beings worthy of the divinity of the Universe, suicide would be the same as an aberration of a majestic nature in which we go against every accepted canon of correctness. Therefore, unless it is impossibly necessary Socrates resists the idea of a suicide solution.

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