I don’t know how, but my post got deleted, so I had to post this again. Who knows where the original post went.
How will the unjust man ever live a just life?
It was mentioned in Book 9 that the just man has more control over his decisions than the unjust man has over his own. This is because the just man lets his reason, the rational part of his soul, rule his pleasures and desires, while the unjust man does not use his reason, but enslaves himself to his appetitive pleasures and desires. The desires and pleasures of the unjust or tyrannical man can never satisfy them as they are not permanent—they are only illusory pleasures that need to be renewed every time. These insatiable cravings, if they are the only pleasure sought by a man, could only make him a being always hungry of food that will never provide him of all the nutrients which will lead to his well-being. Continue reading Plato’s The Republic, Books 9 and 10 Reflection→
A question on the transition from democracy to tyranny
How thin is the line between freedom and enslavement?
Book 8 discusses the four types of unjust constitution and man. Plato/Socrates presents them in an order of increasing perversion of the ideal city-state, aristocracy. Since it is natural for the just city to eventually degenerate through time as it is virtually be difficult to sustain and maintain such state, the aristocratic government would successively change into other forms—timocracy, oligarchy, democracy, and tyranny—with the last being the most unjust and chaotic. Continue reading Plato’s The Republic, Books 7 and 8 Reflection→
My friend lent me this book. The setup was one of the most intriguing synopses I’ve ever read. The moment I had the book on my hand, I felt excited that I really wanted to read it right away, but I couldn’t because I was at school.
So I finally opened this book at home. The beginning was kind of confusing, but engaging at the same time. But it really got more ‘exciting’ the more I read. I mean, even though it is narrated in third person POV, I could quite easily enter into Jonas’ character.
The more things were revealed about their community, the more [I] Jonas felt blinded to what were really going on. And that is why it made my heart race every time a truth was unveiled.
Looking back, this is not really a book I would recommend just for everyone, as it lacks the ‘excitement’ or fast-paced action or events that most people would want to see in a movie. However, the book has played so well in stirring emotions and many thoughts within me. And what it has done to me was a pleasure that I can call my own. It left me awestruck that I couldn’t stop thinking about it for several days.