There can be no doubt about the numerous difficulties in which this question
There can be none.
Further, do we not see that many are willing to do or to have or to seem to be
what is just and honourable without the reality; but no one is satisfied with
the appearance of good —the reality is what they seek; in the case of the
good, appearance is despised by every one.
Very true, he said.
Of this then, which every soul of man pursues and makes the end of all his
actions, having a presentiment that there is such an end, and yet hesitating
because neither knowing the nature nor having the same assurance of this as of
other things, and therefore losing whatever good there is in other things, —of
a principle such and so great as this ought the best men in our state, to whom
everything is entrusted, to be in the darkness of ignorance?