December 27th, 2011
[excerpt from Wikipedia]
The Ring of Gyges is a mythical magical artifact mentioned by the philosopher Plato in book 2 of his Republic, It granted its owner the power to become invisible at will. Through the story of the ring, Republic discusses whether a typical person would be moral if he did not have to fear the consequences of his actions.
According to the legend, Gyges of Lydia was a shepherd in the service of King Candaules of Lydia. After an earthquake, a cave was revealed in a mountainside where Gyges was feeding his flock. Entering the cave, Gyges discovered that it was in fact a tomb with a bronze horse containing a corpse, larger than that of a man, who wore a golden ring, which Gyges pocketed. He discovered that the ring gave him the power to become invisible by adjusting it. Gyges then arranged to be chosen as one of the messengers who reported to the king as to the status of the flocks. Arriving at the palace, Gyges used his new power of invisibility to seduce the queen, and with her help he murdered the king, and became king of Lydia himself.

 

My philosophy teacher was a perv.
Brilliant and eloquent.
But a serious perv.
He often regaled us with stories of drunken debauchery and displayed a weakness for large-breasted girls in tight tops, and leggy blondes in short skirts.
If you wanted an extension, (and happened to be a girl) all you’d have to do was go to his office in something skimpy and sit on his desk.
True story. It was tried and tested.
Oftentimes when we expected graded papers, he would come to class on Monday and explain that he had been drunk since Friday and hence had no papers to pass out.
Rumor was that he got drunk one night and fell down the stairs to his apt.
May he rest in peace.
The guy could teach his ass off though…and his lessons usually stuck.
To illustrate the issue of morality, he asked the following:
If you were a high-school boy, and you found the Ring of Gyges, would it be considered wrong to put it on and walk into the cheerleaders’ locker room when they were showering?
Now of course all the guys said no, and all the girls said yes.
To the girls he asked further: why?
And he asked them to frame their answer giving full consideration to the fact that nobody would see the guy in question and hence nobody would ever find out.
[more from Wikipedia]
Suppose now that there were two such magic rings, and the just put on one of them and the unjust the other; no man can be imagined to be of such an iron nature that he would stand fast in justice. No man would keep his hands off what was not his own when he could safely take what he liked out of the market, or go into houses and lie with any one at his pleasure, or kill or release from prison whom he would, and in all respects be like a god among men.Then the actions of the just would be as the actions of the unjust; they would both come at last to the same point. And this we may truly affirm to be a great proof that a man is just, not willingly or because he thinks that justice is any good to him individually, but of necessity, for wherever any one thinks that he can safely be unjust, there he is unjust.
I was wondering just the other day what would happen to the world and its general moral backbone if it were to be discovered today that God/Jesus was actually against monogamy.
That is to say, the idea that you would have only one partner for the rest of your life was flawed.
Wrong.
A mistake…
What if it was that all religions, societies, empires, were found to be in staunch support of polygamy?
Would everyone switch overnight?
If not…how long would it take?
Picture your best friend, colleague, brother/sister, who the day before was regaling you with stories of marital bliss….Can you see that person saying the same given the moral and societal freedom to be with as many people as they wished with zero consequence?
What would happen to the word whore and slut?
*image by Joell Hall*

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