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[829a] like an individual, ought to lead a good life. But for a good and blessed life, the first requisite is neither to do wrong oneself nor to suffer wrong from others. Of these, the former is not very hard, but it is very hard to secure immunity from suffering wrong;1 indeed, it is impossible to gain this perfectly, except by becoming perfectly good. So likewise a State may obtain a life of peace if it becomes good, but if bad, a life of war both abroad and at home. This being so, all men must train for war

1 Cp. Plat. Laws 663a, Plat. Laws 904e. “Perfect goodness” helps to secure this “immunity” because it includes the virtue of “courage”: people do not lightly provoke the brave warrior.

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