Hey RM I was researching Plato's republic the other night while trying to decide which of your shirts I wanted. I basically read the cliff notes, but I saw something interesting in there about the philosopher king way of procreation. They discuss the concept of communal families and a communal approach to sex. That was kinda new to me, honestly. I found it fascinating. I'd love to know your thoughts on both of those items. It seems like it's destined to fail imo. It might be well intentioned, but unless everyone remains absolutely dedicated to the cause, jealousy would eventually creep in. Maybe I'm way off, but that's kinda why I wanted to pick your brain about it. If you have time to respond that would be awesome.
Thanks so much for the response RM. I don't know a lot of people who like to talk about the deeper things in life. I've really only met one so far and I married her as soon as i was able! lol you're the bees knees girl. The bees knees. Glad to know ya.
I agree on every point. The pursuit of knowledge is not guaranteed to bring about a healthy society. Knowledge alone is not enough to stand on. It's like Paul said, "If I have the gift of prophecy and can understand all secrets and every form of knowledge, and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains but have no love, I am nothing." 1C13:2
I don't think communal families would work, and I think giving that amount of power to the state over how children are raised would be disastrous. As we're already seeing in our society, specifically lower-income neighborhoods, the breakdown of the family unit and the relationships between parents and children can have disastrous results.
As someone who studied politics, government, history, and philosophy, the idea of the philosopher king has always appealed to me, but in reality the society proposed in The Republic is an extremely authoritarian one. It would be cool to be in the position of the philosopher king, but it's not actually a system I would advocate for ha.