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The Republic by Plato
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Recommended for: Those seeking answers, or at least the means to help you find your own.
Read in October, 2002

No book has influenced my life more than Plato's Republic. It admittedly can be a difficult read: it is almost entirely a back and forth conversation between two people, Socrates and Glaucon, discussing the nature of man, the soul, justice, and what the most just society, or Republic, would look like. In this highly utopian account, Socrates expresses little hope in the common man, and instead suggests authoritarian rule, by philosophers, would lead to the most just state. His contempt for democracy can be disturbing to those who have faith in the said system, however, it behooves all to read. Forget trying to become enlightened by some eastern religion, the morals, lessons and philosophy of this cornerstone of Westernism will strike you as remarkably fresh and increasingly relevant today, some 2,500 years after it was written.
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ersatz-moon Read some eastern religion before telling people to "forget about it".


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