By Fletcher S. Bassett
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You’re right,” I said. ‘ “Stop insisting, then, that ‘not attractive’ is the same as b ‘repulsive’, or that ‘not good’ is the same as ‘bad’. And then you’ll also stop thinking that, just because–– as you yourself have conceded–– Love isn’t good or attractive, he therefore has to be repulsive and bad. ” ‘ “Still, everyone agrees that he’s an important god,” I said. ” she asked. ” I asked. ” I demanded. ‘ “Easily,” she said, “as you’ll see if you answer this question. Don’t you think that good fortune and beauty are attributes which belong to every single god?
He urges Callicles to recognize the beneﬁts of the orderly and harmonious soul of a just person. The concluding myth––though Socrates prefers to call it a true logos (that is, argument)––reinforces the thesis that justice is the sure route to happiness. Divinely appointed judges have ever sent men, on their death, either to the Isles of the Blessed or to punishment in Tartarus. But in Cronus’ time the judges made errors, misled by outward appearances. ) To remedy this, Zeus decreed that men should be judged naked, by naked judges; in other words, the soul is tested, and any scars due to unjust living are laid bare before a 8 the judgement of souls (Gorgias) judge who cannot be impressed by former wealth, station, or title.
So Pluto and the supervisors of the Isles of the Blessed came and told Zeus that the wrong kinds of people were getting through to both places. ‘So Zeus said, “I’ll put an end to that. The reason the administration of justice is poor at the moment is that people are being assessed with their clothes on, in the sense that they come before the court during their lifetimes, and plenty of people with corrupt souls are dressed in attractive bodies, noble birth, and wealth; also, when it’s their turn to be judged, a lot of witnesses come forward and testify to the exemplary lives these people have led.