This dialogue shows a typical scenario of two people arguing. These two men talk for a long while, in the end it is unclear whether either one walks away any wiser. Most people take advantage of an opportunity to argue their point when provided. As seen in Euthyprho it would seem Socrates is resolved knowing that he is right. Plato did write these dialogues, he obviously admires his former teacher and his writings are subject to this bias. That said, the conversations in the dialogues are very one-sided. Euthyphro walks away quickly to end the argument, perhaps he knows neither he nor Socrates will walk away considering the other argument valid, therefore they are wasting time. Maybe, however, Euthyphro did walk away having learned something after considering Socrates’ argument. It is unclear whether Euthyphro goes away to drop the prosecution of his father. Did Euthyphro have a sudden epiphany? It is rare, but sometimes people argue and they do learn something about themselves: they are wrong. All too often though is the argument scenario where people enter an argument with the same conviction they leave with. Failing to consider something other than one’s own view is as American as apple pie: this is “Western” philosophy. “Eastern” or “Confucian” philosophy challenges people to “look inward and examine ourselves when we encounter men of contrary character.” I think this is an important point in current American politics as we fail to heed our own advice time and time again. America being THE world superpower, it is important to at least attempt to maintain legitimacy. As Americans we are so used to being right (Socrates), when we are wrong we are not, at very least, readily willing to admit our flaws. This is toxic because even if we are right 99% of the time (I’m not saying we are), there still will exist those times when we are wrong. When our credibility as an advice giver is severely damaged because we ourselves are unable to resolve our own problems like debt, how can we maintain legitimacy? How will America be able to continue suggesting other countries follow things like the Kyoto Protocol and nuclear disarmament/non-proliferation when we are unable to accept these things ourselves? I’m not saying that Socrates was wrong, but if he was… would he realize it? Euthyphro, however, may very well have accepted good advice and learned something from examining himself, even if Socrates’ criticism was the reason he looked inward. It appears to me however, both parties walked away not learning anything.