Ancient Greeks: Plato on the Reaction to Excess
Excess generally causes reaction,
and produces a change in the opposite direction,
whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.
~ 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.
Human nature has not changed over the millennia. The question is, do we learn from history?
The pendulum seeks balance. A reaction to excess that sends the pendulum swinging back is a saving grace.
That’s one of my thoughts. Care to share what you are thinking?
Ancient Greek Wisdom