Καθώς πλησιάζουν οι Ελληνικές εκλογές και διαβάζω το βιβλίο ‘ Why Socrates died‘ by Robin Waterfield by faber and faber, παραθέτω μερικά αποσπάσματα έτσι για τροφή στη σκέψη.
“Τhe incompatibility between the Athenian democracy and government is brilliantly imagined by Plato, in an extended ship-of state metaphor
‘Imagine the following situation on a fleet of ships, or on a single ship. The owner has the edge over everyone else on board by virtue of his size and strength, but he’s rather deaf and short-sighted, and his knowledge of naval matters is just as limited. The sailors wrangle with one another because each of them thinks that the ought to be the captain, despite the fact that he’s never learnt how. They’re for ever crowding closely around the owner, pleading with him and stopping at nothing to get him to entrust the helm to them. They think highly of anyone who contributes towards their gaining power of showing skill at winning over or subduing the owner, and describe him as an accomplished seaman, a true captain, a naval expert; but they crititicize anyone different as useless. They completely fail to understand that any genuine sea captain has to study the yearly cylce, the seasons, the heavens, the stars and winds, and everything relevant to the job, if he’s to be properly equipped to hold a position of authority in a ship. In fact, they think it’s impossible to study and acquire expertise at how to steer a ship or be a good captain. When this is what happens on board ships, don’t you think that the crew of such ships would regard any true captain as nothing but a windbag with his head in the clouds, of no use to them at all?’
“Α Socratic leader : his first purpose would be the persuasion, by rational argument, of as many of the citizens in his care who had ears to hear, that the focus of their lives should be on improving their souls, and his second purpose would be the establishment of the correct legislative apparatus for achieving his goal.
The only qualification on his call for true statesmen was his belief that perfect wisdom is unavailable for any human being, in any sphere of activity”
P.S Η Δημοκρατία είναι δύσκολη, ακατάστατη, ανομοιογενής και αντιφατική αλλά την ίδια στιγμή δημιουργεί ελπίδα και απελευθερώνει το ανθρώπινο πνεύμα για να γράψει να μιλήσει και να ψηφίσει, κάτι που θα κάνουν σχεδόν ολοι οι Ελληνες αύριο όσο και απογοητευμένοι αποθαρρυμένοι νάναι από την παρούσα κατάσταση κάπου η ελπίδα είναι κρυμμένη μέσα τους