He has acquired an overwhelming obligation to obey the Laws because they have made his entire way of life, and even the fact of his very existence, possible. Importantly, however, this relationship between citizens and the Laws of the city are not coerced. Citizens, once they have grown up, and have seen how the city conducts itself, can choose whether to leave, taking their property with them, or stay. Staying implies an agreement to abide by the Laws and accept the punishments that they mete out. And, having made an agreement that is itself just, Socrates asserts that he must keep to this agreement that he has made and obey the Laws, in this case, by staying and accepting the death penalty.
在苏格拉底眼中，人民和政府所定下的契约是自愿的(this relationship between citizens and the Laws of the city are not coerced)，那么既然我有权利享有雅典政府给予我的生存，我就有义务遵守它的法律，即使是恶法也是法。也就是说，如果我一开始就不认同雅典政府的法律，我应该尽早和它断绝关系，另觅他乡。