So, I’ve been intending to keep working on my projects, but I’ve gotten sucked into the news cycle as well as a twitter obsession.  Man oh man, is Tim Ferriss ever right about the low information diet.  However, it’s incredibly hard to facilitate.  Developing good personal habits, breaking bad ones, and overcoming a negative outlook is no easy task.  No, this post isn’t meant to merely be a whine, it’s the fact that I’m trying to keep this blog honest.

My reach has exceeded my grasp.  I’m still working on Plato’s Republic pts 2 & 3 and will have them to you as soon as I can.

There are, however some really neat things I’ve found in the Republic, and I have to say, I may have missed some of the intricacies of Plato’s argument.  Defining it as “totalitarian garbage” and “morally repugnant” damns the work, and may prevent some from reading it.  There is also good in Plato:

“So Philosophy is abandoned by those who should be her true lovers, who leave her deserted and unwed to pursue a life that does not really suit them, while she, like an abandoned orphan, suffers at the hands of second-rate interlopers…”

“For when they see so good a piece of territory, with all its titles and dignities, unoccupied, a whole crowd of squatters gladly sally out from the meaner trades, at which they have acquired a considerable degree of skill, and rush into philosophy, like a crowd of criminals taking refuge in a temple.  For philosophy, as abused as it is, still retains a far higher reputation than other occupations, a reputation which these stunted natures covet, their minds being cramped and crushed by mechanical lives…”

Here he is describing why philosophy has a bad reputation.  He mentions that those for whom philosophy should be natural, often abandon it; while those who often take up philosophy are rogues.

Perhaps that is why I got shades of Pol Pot when reading, just a few pages on:

“The first thing our artists must do…-and it’s not easy- is to wipe the slate of human society and human habits clean.  For our artists differ at once from all others in being unwilling to start work on an individual or a city, or draw our laws, until they are given, or have made themselves, a clean canvas.”

Since The Republic could be used to justify the outrages of the 20th Century, perhaps Plato has also given us the key to why he should be studied?  That when we abandon these ideas to our intellectual enemies, they end up using them to justify their own crimes.

I’m still slogging my way through the book, keeping ya’ll waiting…