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[863d] but the cause of childish and senile sins when it is joined with weakness; and these last he will count as sins and he will ordain laws, as for sinners, but laws that will be, above all others, of the most mild and merciful kind.

Clinias
That is reasonable.

Athenian
And pretty well everyone speaks of one man being “superior,” another “inferior,” to pleasure or to passion; and they are so.

Clinias
Most certainly.

Athenian
But we have never heard it said that one man is “superior,” another “inferior,” to ignorance.1

1 i.e. ignorance is not regarded as an active force (like passion or pleasure) capable of opposing reason and tyrannizing over the soul.

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