Esse Quam Videri
“Vice in abundance is easy to choose,
The road is smooth and it lies very near,
While the gods have set sweat before virtue,
And it is a long road, rough and steep.”
The Republic of Plato
In this time where truth and untruth are blurred (though it is clear to some) there is a need for society to reflect and determine what our values truly are. We must look to the past to learn from it; we must focus on the present to continue on the right path; we must look to the future to determine who we are, where we want to be, what is needed for the journey ahead, how to best reach our destination; what is needed for that journey and destination.
I read Plato’s Republic many years ago in my search for meaning and justice. The words I found in that prose helped me to settle in a career where I could make a positive impact based on my skills and passion.
During my educational journey, I also came across science and it’s inextricable link to politics and society. Robert Oppenheimer continued a pursuit of science for the development of the atomic bomb. Upon witnessing the detonation for the first time at the Trinity site on July 16, 1945 he stated: “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds” – a line from the Bhagavad-Gita (Hindu Scripture). My main point here is that in pursuit of a goal, the reason and possible holistic ethical and moral dilemmas that would arise from the discovery were neglected by Oppenheimer. He was also later branded a communist as a function of ignoring the things intentioned above. Ignoring what is happening in our society, politics and environment will ultimately lead to our demise.
My fellow blogger, Stephen T (who I thank at time for the opportunity to be involved in this Challenge), states in his quote from the Declaration of Arbroath, provides some well needed fire and inspiration during this time. American is going through a tough identity crisis and simultaneously trying to determine the values of the country as a whole – as reflected by government. It is not a moment of pride for me as a US Citizen. I am concerned for the truth and how we are seen by the rest of the world. The founders of this great nation put things into place to present the rising of another king (or despot). Though not perfect, they established a republic with democratic principles and ideals.
I encourage everyone to look at this quote in this context of the time we are living in. While some want to put on a show, people are suffering and dying from the idea that seeming to take action is enough. What is justice? How can we all have it and ensure that it is applied fairly?
Esse quam videri – to be, rather than seem.
I am honored to be a part of this blogging community. And I would like to name three other bloggers who are very inspirational and provide great prose for reflection:
• Thank the person who nominated you.
• Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
• Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day.
MY NOMINEES FOR DAY ONE OF THE THREE DAYS, THREE QUOTE CHALLENGE:
Thank you for being so kind in my journey through blogging and for your engagement. If you have done this before, I hope you will participate again. Thank you and I look forward to the thoughts and ideas you will provide with your quotes!