Ἡ θάλασσα εἶναι σὰν τὸν ἔρωτα:
μπαίνεις καὶ δὲν ξέρεις ἂν θὰ βγεῖς.
Πόσοι δὲν ἔφαγαν τὰ νιάτα τους
μοιραῖες βουτιές, θανατερὲς καταδύσεις,
γράμπες, πηγάδια, βράχια ἀθέατα,
ρουφῆχτρες, καρχαρίες, μέδουσες.
Ἀλίμονο ἂν κόψουμε τὰ μπάνια
Μόνο καὶ μόνο γιατί πνίγηκαν πεντέξι.
Ἀλίμονο ἂν προδώσουμε τὴ θάλασσα
Γιατὶ ἔχει τρόπους νὰ μᾶς καταπίνει.
Ἡ θάλασσα εἶναι σὰν τὸν ἔρωτα:
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For the Birds
Ο Σωκράτης σε ένα διάλογο της Πολιτείας με τον Γλαύκωνα, αδερφό του Πλάτωνα, ισχυρίστηκε ότι η δικαιοσύνη πρέπει να επιδιώκεται όχι μόνο διότι αποφέρει οφέλη, αλλά και γιατί ως προς την ουσία της είναι κάτι καλό. Τότε του διηγήθηκε την ιστορία για τον Γύγη.
In Republic, the tale of the ring of Gyges is described by the character of Glaucon who is the brother of Plato. Glaucon asks whether any man can be so virtuous that he could resist the temptation of being able to perform any act without being known or discovered. Glaucon suggests that morality is only a social construction, the source of which is the desire to maintain one’s reputation for virtue and justice. Hence, if that sanction were removed, one’s moral character would evaporate.
In Glaucon’s recounting of the myth, an unnamed ancestor of Gyges was a shepherd in the service of the ruler of Lydia. After an earthquake, a cave was revealed in a mountainside where he was feeding his flock. Entering the cave, he discovered that it was in fact a tomb with a bronze horse containing a corpse, larger than that of a man, who wore a golden ring, which he pocketed. He discovered that the ring gave him the power to become invisible by adjusting it. He then arranged to be chosen as one of the messengers who reported to the king as to the status of the flocks. Arriving at the palace, he used his new power of invisibility to seduce the queen, and with her help he murdered the king, and became king of Lydia himself.
Suppose now that there were two such magic rings, and the just put on one of them and the unjust the other; no man can be imagined to be of such an iron nature that he would stand fast in justice. No man would keep his hands off what was not his own when he could safely take what he liked out of the market, or go into houses and lie with any one at his pleasure, or kill or release from prison whom he would, and in all respects be like a god among men.
Then the actions of the just would be as the actions of the unjust; they would both come at last to the same point. And this we may truly affirm to be a great proof that a man is just, not willingly or because he thinks that justice is any good to him individually, but of necessity, for wherever any one thinks that he can safely be unjust, there he is unjust.
For all men believe in their hearts that injustice is far more profitable to the individual than justice, and he who argues as I have been supposing, will say that they are right. If you could imagine any one obtaining this power of becoming invisible, and never doing any wrong or touching what was another’s, he would be thought by the lookers-on to be a most wretched idiot, although they would praise him to one another’s faces, and keep up appearances with one another from a fear that they too might suffer injustice.
— Plato’s Republic, 360b–d (Jowett trans.)
Though his answer to Glaucon’s challenge is delayed, Socrates ultimately argues that justice does not derive from this social construct: the man who abused the power of the Ring of Gyges has in fact enslaved himself to his appetites, while the man who chose not to use it remains rationally in control of himself and is therefore happy. (Republic 10:612b)