B) Take a look at this: I'm looking for help around the bold spots. Commentary welcome!
Casey: So, we finally meet in person, Gorgias.
Gorgias: Don't be so dramatic.
Casey: Look, I just want to know what the essence of "the good" is, but since nobody wants to talk about "the good" anymore, I'll be satisfied with getting your take on what "the ethical" is. I have a suspicion that you'll say, "It's a matter of convention--something sprung from consensus and always contested, always 'becoming.' " Am I close?
Gorgias: That's pretty good, actually.
Casey: Thank you for being so concise in your answers.
Gorgias (rolling his eyes): Oh, spare me the Socrates act.
Casey: I was just kidding. But so, if all of this stuff--"being ethical" or "doing good" is conventional, I want to know why people are so concerned with defending one convention over another?
Gorgias: So you mean, you want to know why some people think it's good to give 10% of their income to the Catholic church, and why others think it's better to give to Greenpeace?
Casey: Well, okay... something like that.
Gorgias: Those reflect their values.
Casey: So, so, so... slow down. I asked, "What is good," and you responded by saying, "What is good is a reflection of value." Is that right?
Casey: Come on; aren't you just deflecting here? Avoiding the question? Now don't I have to ask, "Well why do people hold certain values"--
Gorgias: --and I say, "values are conventional."
Casey: Right, and I ask, "But then why are people so concerned with convention?"
Gorgias: Because they are afraid of what their own social-consensus/convention network will do to them if they dissent.
Casey: What!?! -- would you really say that, Gorgias? I mean, if I weren't imagining you right now and putting words in your mouth? Is that the Gorgian/Sophistic answer?
Gorgias (again rolling his eyes): Oh, Jeezus. Now we're going to do the whole are we in a cave act, aren't we?