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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Remember, Virtue over Money

Lately, I've been reading Plato's accounts surrounding the death of Socrates (The Apology, Crito, and Phaedo).

In the first of these, The Apology, Socrates is condemned to death--in essence, for telling the truth.

And here is one of the truths he tells (in Benjamin Jowett's stodgy translation): he would "exhort any one" that he met and say, "You, my friend … are you not ashamed of heaping up the greatest amount of money and honour and reputation, and caring so little about wisdom and truth and the greatest improvement of the soul, which you never regard or heed at all?"

Sound familiar? I see it every day. Then, later, he observes: "I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man, public as well as private."

Money can't buy virtue; but if we practice right conduct, we'll have enough money, and every other good.

So remember, Virtue over Money.

You'll be happier.

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