ll wars are undertaken for the acquisition of wealth; and the reason why we have to acquire wealth is the body, because we are slaves in its service

Wars and revolutions and battles are due simply and solely to the body and its desires. All wars are undertaken for the acquisition of wealth; and the reason why we have to acquire wealth is the body, because we are slaves in its service.

Socrates, Plato, Phaedo, 66c

NB the ‘body’ (i.e.physical nature) as cause. This is the problem for ancient Greek philosophy but of course there is little to be done for it. Contrast the Biblical account of the sinful nature as cause which can be transformed and overcome by the Spirit of God in the new birth.

Socrates seems to assume that wealth cannot be gained in peaceful manners too…


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