In the Apology, Socrates said that he talked with the people of Athena by one by. He didn't give a speech at the public area. Because, according to him, politics as a public affair, is something not fair.
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In the Apology, Socrates seems to think that his life (i.e. his private well-being) is good for the public. He is the gadfly who prompts the conscience of the community. Harming him harms the Athenian community.