“The Good” is fundamental


“Socrates: …[do] you think that a State, or an army, or a band of robbers and thieves, or any other gang of evildoers could act at all if they injured one another?

Thrasymachus: No, indeed…they could not.

Socrates: But if they abstained from injuring one another, then they might act together better?

Thrasymachus: Yes.

Socrates: And this is because injustice creates divisions and hatreds and fighting, and justice imparts harmony and friendship; is not that true, Thrasymachus?

Thrasymachus: I agree …because I do not wish to quarrel with you.

Socrates: How good of you…but I should like to know also whether injustice, having this tendency to arouse hatred…will not make them hate one another and set them at variance and render them incapable of common action?

Thrasymachus: Certainly.”


It seems that the Bad must be parasitic on Good. Good must be more fundamental because it has to be there, in place, in order for the Bad to even function. Someone had to work, do well, and gain valuable material in the first place before a thief can come along and steal it. Total evil and/or Disharmony is self-destruction.

The phrase “Honor among thieves” also discloses this same idea about the Good being fundamental. E.g.: Organized Crime is so powerful because it is set up against a backdrop of cooperation and trust. It’s parasitic on COOPERATION, CREATIVITY, HARMONY, EXCELLENCE. Without them, Organized Crime couldn’t exist.

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