Yehey! Just finished Plato’s “The Republic” after weeks of struggle since it is not (in this case) acad-related and acad-required.
It is quite nice to see some of the points raised by Plato. For him, philosophers should claim the management of the State. Plato defined philosophers as quick in understanding, possesses good memory, full in courage and generosity.
In a modern context, this is something to look upon. Imagine if the leaders of the state possesses even a little bit of temperance. They are highly qualified in their posts. They are full in understanding and wisdom, and they use these traits for the uplifting of the State, while having an effort to disregard personal gains.
In a modern context, one may not be a philosopher as Plato states. But it is deemed necessary for the State to have administrators with traits stated above. Yet this is not to be fully expected, as Plato also said: “There will never be a perfect state or a constitution, nor yet a perfect man…” Yet he still believes that there will be a chance, for Plato, if leaders will be “philosophers.”
As this post ends, let me insert a few notes from the 1987 Philippine Constitution: “The State shall maintain honesty and integrity in the public service and take positive and effective measures against graft and corruption.” (Art II Sec 27) I still believe for a State that will not just make this section as an ideal statement but as an implemented principle. And that is what struck me the most while reading Plato, the power and the capacity to believe, even if your belief is deemed as an ideal and not a reality.