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WHAT IF SOCRATES WAS SPARTAN Socrates as everyone knows is a renowned Athenian philosopher But imagine for a moment what life would have been like if he had been born in Sparta By questioning the ideals of current society he might have instituted changes that would forever alter the world we live in First some background Sparta at this time was ruled by Lycurgus possibly the worlds first autocratic dictator Through harsh controls and rules on a persons lifestyle and living conditions he was able to create a state to his liking with no wasteful art or pleasure Instead he had an efficient militaristic state where ones entire life was devoted to the defense of the state starting from the day you were born and not ending until you died For here the government was supreme and its wishes must be obeyed Athens on the other hand was much more congenial to a peaceful lifestyle Here the mind ruled and not the body With a democratic government everyone was able to live well and respect others In fact the entire lifestyle was based on respect and participation One could do whatever he or she wanted without worrying about possible retribution for their actions The army was no slouch either it vanquished all comers until the dreadful Peloponnesian wars If one is to consider Socrates as a Spartan there are a few assumptions that must be made First he must have passed the examinations at Lesche as a baby and survived through his military training and mandatory army service He would then be as free as a person could be in Sparta living life as a slave to the government Next assume that life as a soldier did not drastically affect his intellect and still possessed the mind of his Athenian alter ego Could a mind like this allow his life to be controlled by one person Remember Socrates constantly questioned the ideas and
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