Refusing to participate in politics will result to you being governed by your inferiors -Plato

November 8, 2015, 11:30 am

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The debate "Refusing to participate in politics will result to you being governed by your inferiors -Plato" was started by Apollo8 on November 8, 2015, 11:30 am. 26 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 6 people are on the disagree side. That might be enough to see the common perception. It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.

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This quote, in the context of geek culture has to do with the fact that only landowners could vote, so interiors were simply people who were seen as holding less of a stake than you since they owned less land. So it's not so much a value judgment of the character, but simply a measure of how much skin you have in the game, so to speak. What it basically works out to is that:
If you don't participate in politics, you are ruled by others. You are a subject of those which may have less to loose, may be able to afford a bigger loss, or may have no vested interest in the prosperity of the state at all. In any case, the policies of a government without direct involvment are likely be unfavorable to you and thus you should participate in government.

I would say I agree with plato here.

4 years, 2 months ago

I think the spirit of this quote is not as literal and is might be in the perspective of the individual.

The original quote goes this way, "One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." Either Plato meant that each individual is more capable than the other, which is highly illogical, or then it must've had a different meaning.

My interpretation is this: When you don't participate in politics (meaning, not even bothering to read the news or know what's happening around your place), chances are you are negligent. You might be passive and complacent. You would only think that you are better than the people running the government. You begin to imagine things like "If I am the president, I would surely make this country rich" or what have you.

But when you try to learn politics, when you try to learn how the system works, then you utimately realize that the government is filled with highly skilled and capable people. That's when you realize you might be governed by superiors.

Another interpretation of this is that it encourages people to be in politics.

The quote directly blames you when you realize that what's it's saying is actually true. When a political icon, your president for example, is dumb or makes the wrong decisions, then it's only your fault for not correcting him/her.

Politics is not just boring speeches of rich people, it's you trying to know if what they're doing is right. Politics can happen when you interject your assertions with the aim of doing what's best for the people. You are the checks and balance in a corrupt system, so if you refuse to participate in politics, you become negligent, you think you will always be better than them without trying to correct them. In that scenario, they become your inferior in your perspective. But are you superior then?

4 years, 2 months ago

wealthy people will always be on top in politics. there is no real way to control whether you are governed by your "inferiors". if both the Republican and Democratic candidates are morons or corrupt you then you can only choose the lesser of evils. that is usually the choice you are given.

4 years, 2 months ago
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