Tricky Rabbit in Plato’s Cave

Alice in Wonderland (with the White Rabbit named Herald) is snickering. And Socrates (thinking he’s looking at Adam Smith’s hand in the dark), tells Gloucon:

“But we have brought you into the world to be rulers of the hive, kings of yourselves and of the other citizens, and have educated you far better and more perfectly than they have been educated, and you are better able to share in the double duty. Wherefore each of you, when his turn comes, must go down to the general underground abode, and get the habit of seeing in the dark. When you have acquired the habit, you will see ten thousand times better than the inhabitants of the cave, and you will know what the several images are, and what they represent, because you have seen the beautiful and just and good in their truth. And thus our State which is also yours will be a reality, and not a dream only, and will be administered in a spirit unlike that of other States, in which men fight with one another about shadows only and are distracted in the struggle for power, which in their eyes is a great good. Whereas the truth is that the State in which the rulers are most reluctant to govern is always the best and most quietly governed, and the State in which they are most eager, the worst.”

http://www.historyguide.org/intellect/allegory.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invisible_hand

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Rabbit

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