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No One Would Pursue Evil But Through Ignorance – “The Greek Way” – Edith Hamilton

February 14th, 2012 · No Comments · Humanism, Philosophy

Socrates believed that goodness and truth were the fundamental realities, and that they were attainable. Every man would strive to attain them if he could be shown them. No one would pursue evil except through ignorance. Once let him see what evil was and he would fly from it. His own mission, Socrates believed, was to open men’s eyes to their ignorance and to lead them on to where they could catch a glimpse of the eternal truth and goodness beneath life’s confusions and futilities, when they would inevitably, irresistibly, seek for a fuller and fuller vision of it.

He may have been somewhat optimistic in this regard…

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