The Noble Lie and Religion
Not sure where to put this but here seems good.
For the purpose of this thread assume atheism is the correct choice. and assume that religions are formed with good intentions. I may be wrong but we don't know otherwise at least to me knowledge.
Today in my philosophy class an interesting topic came up. At the moment we are studying Platos republic. And today we were looking at The noble lie. This is basically a lie a myth that the society would be told to introduce the idea of specialisation to the society.
For those that don't know The myth is that the gods put a little bit of metal in every persons soul. Gold, silver and bronze. Gold means you are fit to rule , you are ruled by reason. Silver means you are destined for the auxillary, in the words the millitary, you are ruled by will/honor. Bronze means you are ruled by your desires and are fit to be part of the ordinary citizens, farmers, merchants, traders, artisans etc. Now obviously this is a lie but is for the greater good in order to create the just society.
Now it accord to someone in class that religion and the noble lie have alot in common, although they say to differant things. Although some atheists may loath to admit it religions like christianity do add extra insentive to be a moral person atleast what woiuld be moral in the times they came into being, with the whole hevan and hell thing. So at the time of there creation was this lie for the greater good? Forget about what has happened since then at the time was it for the greater good? bare in mind they were better inline with the morals of the time then. So is a lie to the entire society justified if it is for the greater good? And do you think it would be for the greater good?
Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
No animal shall wear clothes.
No animal shall sleep in a bed.
No animal shall drink alcohol.
No animal shall kill any other animal.
All animals are equal.