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Plato`s Republic

March 24, 2016 | Author: | Posted in social sciences

Justice and the Construction of Potential

Should a person , free of any sanctions or consequences , act in a way that disregards and takes advantage their fellow human beings ? No , they should not people should at all times honor and respect other human beings

Of course , without some type of sanction , many would , like the shepherd in The Ring of Gyges , act with impunity . However , not being sanction from without does not mean removing all sanctions within . The unjust man or woman will still have to cope with their choices psychologically . They [banner_entry_middle]

may not be punished for their transgressions , but they would certainly be able to view the resultant suffering endured by others at their hand . One needs no trio of ghosts like Scrooge to illustrate that their actions would cause harm to others . This would be evident in the words and faces of those who were treated unfair , and these faces would eventually erode the psyche of the perpetrator with massive waves of guilt . The person could , possibly , if they had a remarkable pathology , continue on without remorse , but human beings need other human beings . This may be one reason the human grows so slow is that it is nature ‘s way nurture a dependence on others . In any event the person who acts with impunity is most likely to create a hell for themselves . A place that , wherever they go , they cannot avoid the misery born from their own hands . So , as a means of psychological self-preservation , a person should take account of others

Now , let ‘s consider that the perpetrator is in fact a person who is pathological . What interest would this person possibly have in justice What would be the benefit if the person had not a shred of empathy , nor the slightest amount of emotion ? The answer in this situation has to do with the attainment of human potential . If every human being merely took what they wanted when they wanted it , had no regard or respect for their fellow citizens , the only result would be mass chaos . With a world entirely self-interested , nothing would improve ? If the worker charged with the responsibility of constructing something , simply left his post without performing his job , what could ever be attained ? Could the pyramids , the Sphinx , still lord over the Egyptian sands ? Could the Eiffel Tower still wind its slender beams into blue Parisian skies Could the Statue of Liberty still offer its light to those alighting on the Eastern shore ? The answer is no . Without concern for one ‘s fellow human being , the world would be as dry and drab as a weathered desert storm , for it is these great things , colossal things , that one cannot possibly accomplish on their own

But what if it ‘s just one man , a single shepherd ? Well , this man , by acting with impunity , has forfeited the coffers of his own personal potential for nothing of significance can be obtained the easy way . This man may come by riches , by power , but… [banner_entry_footer]

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