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Bicer Page 1 9/23/2008 What Is Good? Plato suggests that education is redirecting one’s sight in another direction, which is impossible to do without turning the whole body as well. Consequently people can see both the good and the bad in the world depending on their education and act accordingly. Or in Plato’s words, “the virtue of reason seems to belong above all to something more divine, which never loses its power but is either useful and beneficial or useless and harmful depending on the way it is turned.” 1 Yet almost every day we see people we consider as being good and educated making choices that can be considered useless at the very least, if not destructive altogether by some parties. The only logical explanation to this paradox comes from the fact that the world is not split between the outside world and the cave, or the good and the bad. Just like the world is not black and white and there are colors in between, there are some “grey” areas where someone’s good is actually another’s bad. This does not mean that there aren’t extremes that are indeed considered as “evil” or “saintly”, but it still puts these two concepts and the objects they refer to in a relative notion that can differ for everyone. And as a result people can do damage whilst believing they are doing the right thing, or they might be doing the right thing and still be considered evil. The fire in the cave and the sun are essentially the same thing: a source of light that
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This note was uploaded on 09/25/2008 for the course ENGL 114 taught by Professor Raymondmalewitz during the Fall '08 term at Yale.

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Eng 114, Paper 1 - Bicer Page 1 9/23/2008 What Is Good?...

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