A Modern Lesson?




Here is a not-so-novel idea for helping to cure what appears to be the rapid decline of general morality on the planet we share.

The Greek philosopher, Socrates (469-399 BC), is a household name, but few people outside of academia seem to appreciate his greatest contributions to the Western world.

Philosophy is generally divided into Metaphysics, the study of the nature of reality, Epistemology, the study of knowledge, and Ethics, the study of morality. Notice I wrote morality, not religion.

Morality is all about how I should treat you and how I ought to be treated by you in a civilized society. While the Greek father of Western philosophy never wrote anything, this concept from his teachings shaped the attitudes of Europe and beyond for thousands of years.

Recently, I have felt that this simple ancient idea of doing unto others is Greek to our society. The simple idea of studying how we should treat one another is the cement that has held us together for centuries.


Perhaps, we should glance backwards now and then.



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Comments

  1. Do onto others was important enough for God to make it one of the Commandments.
    Yeah, it would be nice if everyone had that kind of respect for his fellow man.

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  2. Society is extremely me-centered these days. I have never encountered this level of intolerance before, mostly and ironically from people who talk about tolerance all the time.

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