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In the story of Gyges Glaucon and Socrates argue Glaucon feels that justice and virtue are not in fact inherent traits in people He tells a story to prove that we only act morally because we do not have the power to behave otherwise We fear being punished Without this fear of punishment a majority of the people will act unjustly and immorally Glaucon tries to illustrate this point by telling us the story of Gyges Gyges worked as a shepherd for the king of Lydia A storm and earthquake opened up the ground where his flock was feeding Gyges climbed down into a chasm Inside he saw a bronze horse with doors in it Gyges looks in through the doors and sees a statue with a golden ring it Gyges pulled the ring from it and went back to the field As the shepherds gathered to report to the king about his sheep Gyges joins them As he sat and talked he toyed with the ring As he turned the collet of the ring in his palm he became invisible to all They spoke of him as though he was not present Then he touched the ring again and turned the collet outward and reappeared Repeating this gave the same result Collet turned inwards he was invisible and turned outwards he re-materialized This is when Gyges realizes that with this ring he pretty much can do whatever he wants too So he takes advantage of his newfound secret As a messenger from the shepherds to the court he took his pleasure and seduced the queen He conspired with her against her husband and slayed the king taking control of Lydia As told by Glaucon in the previous paragraph I believe a just person would act unjustly if it was to their interest and they could get away with it For example speeding the some of us will travel at about five
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