and makes it
many instead of one, or a greater good than that which binds it together and
makes it one?” “We do not.” “Is not,
then, the community of pleasure and pain the tie that binds, when, so far as
may be, all the citizens rejoice and grieve alike at the same births and
deaths?” “By all means,” he said.
“But the individualization of these feelings is a dissolvent, when
some grieve exceedingly and others rejoice at the same happenings
Plato. Plato in Twelve Volumes, Vols. 5 & 6 translated by Paul Shorey. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1969.
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