In this quote, Euthyphro and Socrates are arguing about the nature of ethics or morality in that according to Euthyphro, the pious thing is a comparable thing as what is adored or loved by the gods, an assertion that Socrates declines. Socrates declines Euthyphro argument as according to him, the gods may not agree among themselves. Socrates argues that something, which is moral or ethical, is not the identical as the god-adored or loved since what comprises morality is not what comprises the god-loved. Rationally, what formulates the god-adored or loved is for the reason that the gods adores or love it while on the other hand, moral or pious is something different (Plato 10d).
Life is full of mysteries and everlasting tussle between what is wrong and right, everyone has his truth similarly to his wrong and the reverse is an occurrence. The major question however, is if at all there exists a pious thing or not. What is pious depends on what an individual do in order to satisfy his or her desires but in accordance with God’s command.
The importance of this quote in the passage is to differentiate between obligation and values. Obligation, which regards the ethical an unethical, is portrayed as a voluntary treatment. Value, regards badness and goodness, is treated as autonomous of the god’s commands. The quotes permits for a non-voluntarist perception of badness and goodness, and thus of God’s own ethical features. In sum, it can be said the pious is internal to God since it is found in God’s nature.
Plato. Five Dialogues. New York: Hackett Pub Co, 2002. Print.