"They were careless people[...]- they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness [...], and let other people clean up the mess they had made.- Nick Carraway, The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
― James Baldwin
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”
― Malala Yousafzai
“You asked me to teach you chess and I’ve done that. It’s a useful mental exercise. And through the years, many thinkers have been fascinated by it. But I don’t enjoy playing. Because it was a game that was born during a brutal age, when life counted for little, and everyone believed that some people were worth more than others. Kings and pawns. […]Chess is just a game. Real people aren’t pieces, and you can’t assign more value to some of them than to others. Not to me, not to anyone. People are not a thing that you can sacrifice. The lesson is that anyone who looks on the world as if it was a game of chess deserves to lose.”
– Harold Finch, Person of Interest
“This circle was a temple which had been devoured by ancient fires, profaned by the miasmal jungle, and whose god no longer received the homage of men.”
-“Circular Ruins” by Jorge Luis Borges
An unexamined life is not worth living.
– Socrates, Apology
There is much to be learned from the great thinkers of the past. Studying the thousands-years old writings of Plato, we explore what the ideal civilisation is made of and what justice is. In doing so, there are lessons uncovered that casts a different light on the state of affairs today.
In the Republic, three types of good are described; the good practised for its own sake, the good practised for its consequences and the ultimate good that is practised both for its own sake and for its consequences (Book 1, 357b-d). The discussion of justice starts off with Glaucon’s account of justice where he explains why justice is a necessary good that people only practice begrudgingly for its consequences. First, he establishes that to suffer injustice at the hands of others is an evil that no one is willing to suffer while to commit injustice benefits the unjust. He argues that justice…
Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought.
To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears.
To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool.
To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen.
To be led by a liar is to ask to be told lies.
To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery.
-Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Talents (Earthseed, #2)