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Have You Lost Self-Control?

Plato’s Three Simple Steps to Improve Self-Control

Plato, the ancient Greek philosopher, was a pivotal figure in the development of Western philosophical tradition. Born around 428 B.C. in Athens, Plato was a student of Socrates and the teacher of Aristotle, forming a trio of thinkers whose ideas have profoundly influenced various realms of human thought and civilization.

One of Plato’s central themes in his philosophical writings is the concept of self-control, which he saw as a fundamental aspect of a virtuous life. Self-control, or enkrateia in Greek, is the ability to regulate one’s emotions, desires, and actions in the face of temptations and impulses.

Plato believed that self-control was not just a personal virtue but also a societal necessity. In his work “The Republic,” Plato discusses the idea of the tripartite soul, which consists of the rational, spirited, and appetitive parts. He argues that a just and moral person is one in whom the rational part of the soul rules over the other parts, thus maintaining self-control and harmony within the individual.

Plato’s perspective on self-control can be encapsulated in one of his famous quotes. This quote underscores the idea that mastering one’s desires and impulses is a more remarkable feat than overcoming external adversaries.

“For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.”

Another relevant quote from Plato is:

“The first and best victory is to conquer self.”

Here, Plato places self-control as the highest form of victory, suggesting that it is the foundation upon which other virtues and successes are built.

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Self-Control In Governance

Plato also delved into the importance of self-control in governance. He believed that leaders must possess self-control to rule justly and effectively.

In “The Republic,” he states, “The man who makes everything that



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