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The thoughtless often go looking for a thought by quoting someone thoughtful. We receive a culture that was constructed with a combination of care and cupidity. The faults are obvious and so, carelessly, almost without concern, we start anew. We can have all the good without any of the bad, surely. Yes?
We inherit much and we assume we can improve easily. Plato, if he is to be believed, thinks this might be a mistake. Perhaps some of the props of society we knock away are necessary. What if we cannot even maintain ourselves? What if we create a culture of now and me so powerful that we cannot produce a future generation?
Effete - Youngling - Sage - Opponent - Quotation
You can be sure of this: the last effete, credentialed, yet uneducated, wealthy Western youngling will quote some sage knowingly, because he is sure that he has nailed his opponent with a telling quotation. He quotes a civilization he could not create and sages who would despise him if they were not safely dead.
God help us.
Do - Clueless - Children - Parents - Heritage
Do not blame the clueless children, the parents who have left them a heritage of money, power, and gross immortality. Give a your children power without the moral ability to exercise that power and you damn the republic. Worse, since people are more important than the polis, you will damned his immortal soul.
He will feel righteous while making everything (generally) worse. Doubt this? Ask the Russian Revolutionary sure beyond reason that nothing whatsoever could be worse that the Tsar. Come Lenin and Stalin? Repentance is too late. Plato sees what happens when decadence is combined with desperation.
Plato - Scene - Republic - Father
Plato sets the scene in Republic. The old father has retired to...
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