Quote for the Day: Plato on the Democratic Man

He lives along day by day, gratifying the desires that occur to him, at one time drinking and listening to the flute, at another downing water and reducing; now practicing gymnastic, and again idling and neglecting  everything; and sometimes spending his time as though he were occupied with philosophy.  Often he engages in politics and, jumping up, says and does whatever chances  to come to him; and if he ever admires any soldiers, he turns in that direction; and if it’s money-makers, in that one.  And there is neither order nor necessity in his life, but calling this life sweet, free, and blessed he follows it throughout.

– Plato from The Republic

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