Strength is always seen as heroic. Maybe it’s because of our love of sports; the strong football players, the powerful baseball players, the agile soccer players and so forth are all pictures of masculine strength. And the villains?
The interesting thing about this work is that while Plato sets up the ideal for the government in the first half of the book, he tears it down in the second half explaining why it could never actually work.
If you’re laughing by now, I don’t blame you. But beyond laughably ill-informed actions, there is a serious side to this as well that should concern everybody.
My wish for 2020 is love, understanding and tolerance. These are broad stroke wishes, and for a reason. I believe that if people think more broadly in these terms, maybe, just maybe, it will break us out of the micro managerial thinking that has lead to the mess that we are in.
This is supposed to be the UNITED States of America. We are supposed to have freedom of choice, and democratically elected officials. In my opinion, this means that we should be free to express our opinions, and disagree without feeling at risk physically, or financially. But that’s not the way it is today.
The way the constitution is written, Congress writes the laws, the President endorses them, and the judicial branch interprets them, but the laws themselves are the rubric for the judges. These laws are written carefully because those in Congress know that once it’s passed, others will interpret the laws.
Tragedies are politicized so frequently these days that we hardly even think twice about it.