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Single Idea 23352

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / B. Nature of a State / 4. Citizenship]

Full Idea

The calling of a citizen is to consider nothing in terms of personal advantage, never to deliberate on anything as though detached from the whole, but be like our hand or foot.

Gist of Idea

A citizen should only consider what is good for the whole society


Epictetus (The Discourses [c.56], 2.10.04)

Book Reference

Epictetus: 'The Discourses, The Handbook, Fragments', ed/tr. Gill,C [Everyman 1995], p.95

A Reaction

Fat chance of that in an aggressively capitalist society. I've always voted for what I thought was the common good, and was shocked to gradually realise that many people only vote for what promotes their own interests. Heigh ho.