The following is a classic explanation of The Non-Attainable nature of a “Balanced Happy Life”.

The scene is Athens -400 BC- a bunch of local brainiacs have gotten together,wine is being passed and ideas are flowing fast and furiously.

Socrates has the floor, and the debate is in full force.  Alcibiades enters, drunk, an Adonis man hopelessly in love with his mentor(Socrates).  And uniquely in all their dialogues, Socrates doesn’t get the last world, Alcibiades does.

WHY? Because passion Plato seems to be saying is essentially and mercilessly human. And the best we can do is to quell it , through relentless discipline.  According to Socrates healthy life comprises of constant focus by the individual, to exercise those forces that weaken or confuse his understanding of the world around him, he implores us to devote to this kind of control, meaning our every waking moment.

Socrates recognized what every philosopher and religion for that matter in the history of the world from Plato-Aristotle, from Epicurus to Judo-Christians to the Buddhists have all observed :-

Which is that the “BALANCE NEEDED FOR HAPPY LIFE IS ILLUSORY”.  And as soon as in our generously flawed human way we think we have attained it, we are pretending divinity and going to crash like a flaming meteorite into the sea.

Advertisements