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  1. Socrates is 100% right – there are Geniuses of Evil and Geniuses of Good.

    The cause of all the troubles and catastrophes of people, countries, and civilizations is an acute lack of wisdom/goodness.

    Absolutely all great thinkers and scientists have argued and proved this.

  2. Socrates ' idea is very attractive, but it is a disastrous attraction. It leads to the identification of knowledge with good – he who knows does not commit evil. Confidence in the logic of one's own reasoning leads to confidence in the righteousness of one's actions. The starting point of this path is in the state of Plato. The final one is in fascist Germany and the communist USSR. Both of them believed that they had calculated the truth, and therefore they could not do evil. And if it is calculated that millions must die, then this is a blessing.

    Belief in your own rationality blocks doubt.

    Who does not doubt that good is evil. Because in the good there is never certainty, it can only be in evil. So you should beware of knowledge that pretends to be justice and other virtues. Ethical dilemmas are dilemmas because there is no right answer to them.

  3. Naturally, this is true. Socratic justice is thinking and acting in harmony with universal harmony. And universal harmony is an aspect of unconditional love. In other words, if knowledge is separated from morality, it becomes a means to achieve personal egoistic goals, a political tool. And that's a lot of cheating.

    Allow the person to pass through the wall. Champollion would have been over the moon, for this famous French Egyptologist could have made a much more fruitful study of Egyptian tombs.

    In the same sky, Georges Miloslavsky ( Ivan Vasilyevich changes his profession) would be happy, who would not need to pick up the keys to the apartments he is robbing.

    Everyone can give many examples of the fact that knowledge is power and justice will depend on who it belongs to.

  4. Socrates is right about this and much more. Knowledge in itself cannot be good or bad. It all depends on how to use this knowledge, what to do based on this knowledge. But here you can not do without the concepts of justice, virtue, good and evil. Knowledge can be used to deceive people, to enslave people, to destroy people. Such knowledge can even be considered harmful. And wisdom always includes the concept of conscience, so it is incompatible with evil.

  5. In this case, it is necessary to understand justice without regard to the individual, i.e. justice in the understanding of the Common Good. This can only be understood by renouncing the individual, what the Eastern Teachings call “the dying of the consciousness of the individual”, in order to revive the consciousness of the Common Good.

    When a person's consciousness is at the level of personality and its interests, then it is inherent in the self and its accompanying properties, for example, possessiveness. With these properties, it is impossible to properly understand justice, and any reflections coming from these properties (the self and its derivatives) will be far from justice. They come from worldly, earthly wisdom, but not from aboveground wisdom, which means that in essence they are deceit.

    Plato, like Socrates, argued not from the point of view of earthly wisdom, but from the highest (aboveground), proceeding from the laws of morality, commanded by the Teachings of the East. The wisdom of the earth and aboveground can be in balance, in their harmonious existence, provided that the moral Foundations are observed. This is exactly the kind of wisdom we see in Plato's writings.

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