Sep 06, 2012 1:56 PM GMT
principal0 saidLash saidI recently picked up Plato's The Republic and was quickly fascinated by what Plato had to say about the existence of a perfect society. He basically stated that a perfect society would be one that is governed bya rare breed of philosophers who, not wishing power for their own purposes, can use it to check and control the desire for it in their subjects. The philosophers are not only reluctant rulers; they are also capable of gaining knowledge of what is good, as opposed to mere opinions and self-serving conventions that ordinary rulers value.
– Melissa Lane
So this got me thinking, for you guys personally, what would make a perfect society?
Do you find it convenient that Plato sought to thrust power into the hands of those most like him? Reluctant rulers my ass. How boring and transparent.
I think a more profound and interesting statement can be found in the famous philosopher Roland Orzabal, who said, "Everybody wants to rule the world."
I feel where you're coming from
Plato states that both democracies and oligarchies were in danger of being laid low by ambition for power. For him, preoccupied with civic unity and happiness, neither would serve. And it got me wondering, wouldn't putting the power over a society in the hands of a rare breed of philosophers be considered an oligarchy? Kinda sounds like a contradiction on his part lol