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The Noble Lie In book III Socrates begins to describe criteria for an ideal city Socrates begins by describing who should rule this ideal city He feels that they must choose guardians who have the states interest at heart because they see it identical with their own interest Socrates feels that the guardians will be the backbone of the state who will protect the state and the people And that the guardians will help to provide the education to the people Once Socrates establishes the idea of providing guardians for the state Socrates suggests that the rest of the citizens be told a noble falsehood The noble falsehood that Socrates proposes states that the citizens must be divided into three different classes gold silver and bronze They are to be told that their youth was a dream and the education and training which they received from us an apprearance only in reality during all that time they were being formed and fed in the womb of the earth This lie is necessary because Socrates feels that by making different classes the city will become stronger He tells the people that they are all brothers and that each person has a different role in the city so they will all benefit from each other If the people did not have certain roles in the state and were left to find their own happiness then they would not fulfill their role in the state This would lead to a weaker and less happy state By telling the people this noble lie Socrates hopes that he can achieve and ideal state He intends on doing this not through rules and regulations but by the citizens properly fulfilling their role in the state and within their social classes Socrates is also trying to prevent extreme poverty or wealth by telling this lie to the people In this way none of the people can dispute their
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