Socrates – Wealth, Goodness and the Soul

I spend all my time going about trying to persuade you, young and old, to make your first and chief concern not for your bodies nor for your possessions, but for the highest welfare of your souls, proclaiming as I go, wealth does not bring goodness, but goodness brings wealth and every other blessing, both to the individual and to the state


11 thoughts on “Socrates – Wealth, Goodness and the Soul

  1. Lisa R. Palmer says:

    You know, this whole topic brings back some very happy memories for me. I have a friend who is very much like Socrates: wise, unpredictable and entertaining, always teaching off the cuff. While I was always more contemplative; I would listen, absorb, distill, and then write about what I had learned from it. We called our partnership Socrato, representing this symbiotic learning-teaching relationship. We even published a book once called “Socrato Speaks.”

    After 26 years of friendship, we are finally living together as roommates, and that symbiotic partnership has reignited with the force of a wildfire. And I am writing again, after some 20 year hiatus…

    Too much information, I’m sure, but I wanted to thank you for bringing that all back into focus for me… lol!


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  2. David James Horn says:

    So true! Philosophy is a hobby but the books I’ve read refer to Platsoc, the Socrates hijacked by Plato. There are 4 or 5 sources who were close to Socrates so I hope they were more honest but still, he’s inspiring – in the actions and attitudes. I hope they’re true, they seem to be verified by the 5. I wish he’d written a book, but then maybe that’s his biggest lesson. Philosophy is lived not studied.

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  3. Lisa R. Palmer says:

    You know, I have always loved the wisdom of Socrates, but I have often questioned the source. I got a minor in philosophy back in college, and frequently tangled with my professors over this…

    Yes, I believe that Socrates was real, and wise, and taught many through the dialectic approach, which has itself become an ingrained way of teaching. But his teachings were recorded by Plato, writing his Dialogues, so whose wisdom are we truly reading. Much of what Socrates taught, through Plato, fits with the Trickster archetype, and so Socrates often comes across to me as a character in a play, rather than a teacher whose words were recorded verbatim…

    And Plato often “taught” by putting words into other character’s mouths, writing stories that some would interpret as history…

    Just sayin’… lol!

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  4. becko42 says:

    Glad ur finding it exciting! My masters is technically in the julio-claudian period of the roman empire, but i did a lot of greek in my undergrad and just soaked it up like a sponge

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  5. David James Horn says:

    I love Socrates! Really added a new level of insight into how I see life, and my life! Not to mention a fascination and journey into philosophy I’m still on. Studying ancient history sounds amazing, the classic Greek philosophers and some Confucius! Amazing!

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