According to Socrates` response to Crito on justice and injustice, it is important to apply reason and rationality, rather than rely on inconsistencies and random action. From this argument so long as an individual understood about the governing laws and agreed to abide by them, then reason has it, that the laws should be followed. In the conversation with Crito, Socrates argues that laws define justice, and even if the laws are unjust, an individual ought to reason and use logic to interpret the legal perspectives in order not to pay injustice with injustice. The conclusion in Crito`s conversation was that no matter the injustice in a ruling, a just individual must adhere by it as a way of observing truth and integrity.
Once an unjust law has been passed, one should try to observe justice at all cost, even when the implications of the application are grave. Socrates maintained that injustice must never be paid with another injustice, but rather, individuals must uphold justice, honour and goodness. Just as it is not good to do injustice, it cannot be justifiable, when an unjust ruling is paid with injustice.
When addressing his supporters after the ruling, Socrates maintains that even after an unjust ruling, the only reasonable way to do was to uphold goodness, since value comes only to those who understand justice. The masses are not supposed to act under duress, intimidation or fear, but rather live in goodness and truth.
Socrates was justified in disobeying an explicit command because by doing so, he would be repaying in-justice with another injustice. His argument was based on reason, goodness, truth and justice. Any other approach would have been a breach to his understanding of good, truth and injustice.
Socrates was just a man, since as he demonstrated in his defence, all wisdom and knowledge belong to a superior being, and since Socrates understood and accepted his ignorance, showed that he was just a human being, fulfilling the work of the Oracle.
The statement that unexamined life is not worth living is founded on knowledge, truth and justice. A life without knowledge is empty, and posses no drive towards a better understanding of events. Humans require reference perspectives in order to evaluate their actions, ideas, values and arguments.