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Ancient Greeks: Plato on Fortune Creators

Ancient Greeks: Plato on Fortune Creators

For just as poets love their own works,
and fathers their own children,
in the same way those who have created a fortune value their money,
not merely for its uses, like other persons,
but because it is their own production.
This makes them moreover disagreeable companions,
because they will praise nothing but riches.

~ Plato, The Republic


Plato, (born c. 428/427 bce—died c. 348/347 bce), ancient Greek philosopher, student of Socrates (c. 470–399 bce), teacher of Aristotle (384–322 bce), and founder of the Academy, best known as the author of philosophical works of unparalleled influence.

Building on the demonstration by Socrates that those regarded as experts in ethical matters did not have the understanding necessary for a good human life, Plato introduced the idea that their mistakes were due to their not engaging properly with a class of entities he called forms, chief examples of which were Justice, Beauty, and Equality.” ~ Encyclopaedia Britannica

READ MORE: Plato; Greek Philosopher | Encyclopaedia Britannica


Human nature has not changed over the millennia. The question is, do we learn from history?

Perhaps greed is the love of that which one creates. And, of course, the greediest people aim to be prolific! If the creation is hurtful and ugly to others? Well, you’ve heard the expression, “A child that only a mother could love.”

That’s one of my thoughts. Care to share what you are thinking?


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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

1 Comment

  1. John Fioravanti

    I’m thinking that greed is the lust for more riches as well. I’ve heard it said that it is the foundational principle of capitalism. I think that greed is essentially a bad thing because it excludes any notion about sharing with others or being mindful of the needs of others. It is a narcissistic trait we can do well without.

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