Spreading the Word: Philosophy vs Democracy (and what Socrates thought about it)

In this week’s “Spreading the Word”, I share with you a short video. It is a provocative invitation to assess our uncritical value of democracy as the ultimate good. To what extent is it good, really? I found it interesting that both crucial achievements of Ancient Greeks – philosophy and democracy – were far from being on best terms with each other at all times. Socrates, for one, cautioned against blind acceptance of democracy without realising its inherent complexity and requirements. As we well know, he was put to death by a majority vote… Makes one wonder – did he make an example of his own life to support his philosophical view? Not everyone would have the courage. Enjoy!

Link to the video: https://youtu.be/fLJBzhcSWTk

Keeping up the “Spreading the Word” tradition, every Thursday I hope to share with you an article I’ve read or a video I’ve seen and considered it to be inspiring or enlightening. I feel it is important to take good care not just of our physical but also of our mental well-being. Humans have always turned and returned to storytelling. My Thursdays’ “Spreading the Word” articles are an online version of sharing worthwhile stories.   

keep exploring and storytelling!

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