Rationality is necessary for good government

Post date: Feb 12, 2010 12:18:03 PM

My opinion is that, in the world of knowledge, the idea of the Good appears last of all and is seen only with an effort; and, when seen, is also inferred to be the universal author of all things beautiful and right, parent of light and the lord of light in this visible world, and the immediate source of reason and truth in the intellectual world. This is the power upon which he who would act rationally either in public or private life must have his eye fixed.

Socrates in The Republic of Plato, Book VII