Platos Notion of Justice vs. Thrasymachus, Why Be Moral?
By: Khonstance Milan
Plato has a different sense of justice than what we ourselves would consider to be justice. Justice starts in the heart and goes outward. Justice is about being a person of good intent towards all people, doing what is believed to be right or moral. Plato believes that once a person has a true understanding of justice that they will want to be “just” for its own benefit regardless of good or bad consequence. Though being just is known to have good consequences also makes being “just” a positive trait. (Clark, 2003, 13) Living a “just” life is good and good is the “well being of well living, the best life is supreme good.” (Bao, 2011, 259) The cause of
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(Rosen, 2005, 41) I would agree with Plato on his opinion of justice. I believe that after much conditioning of the soul and mind that once we as people master being a “just” kind of person that it will lead to a happiness we cannot find in this material life. Once at an understanding and experience of living a “just” life I also believe that we would choose to keep living such a way. I also believe though that we would constantly have to practice and maintain our thinking of what justice is and how we can improve ourselves. Like anything if we start slacking we would go back to our old ways simply out of laziness. Getting back on track of living a pure and just life would be more difficult the more a person slips and go back to “the ways of the world.” Even if a person did slip I think they would desire to go back to being a “just” person because it felt more rewarding. Being a good moral person has its advantages. It is a brighter side of life. If a person does what they believe is right then they will have a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction in their heart. This will make them a happier person and pleasant to be around. Most people will find this an attractive trait and will reciprocate this back causing a circular cycle. Plato is right when he says that being “just” is good for its own sake and its consequences.