Newsflash: Telling the truth is “NOT” Quebec bashing, so stop it with the typical ‘pur laines’, screeching denials and outright attacks when the ‘real truth about the total mess, Quebec is today, especially when compared to the rest of the country. I do though have to agree that I never had any restaurant offer a choice of paying in cash etc… As another stated the rest of the article is spot on and ‘dysfunctional’ has to be the understatement of the decade. So your getting your knickers in a close to hysterical knot over the restaurant claim is a beyond over reaction, no? After all – compared to the real ethnic cleansing demented language loi’s forced upon the population; notwithstanding the criminal erasure of pretty much all Charter & Constitutional rights forced upon over 2 million non francos living in the Greater Montreal area – who are forced to endure grotesque discrimination and outright daily abuses etc… makes me look forward to your response when the ‘truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth’, is finally published for the world to see. :)
The strength and well being of a society is largely determined by the capacity of its members to work cooperatively together towards common goals (a common good). The most significant disruption of this strength is related to the integrity of human character with regard to how we relate to and work with one another. Socrates spent most of his life in the context of Athenian democracy. In Socrates' Athens, the role of the citizen was much more central to the functioning of Athenian democracy than it is in the democratic republic of the .. Male citizens were required to participate in their government through mandatory military service and through their participation (randomly chosen) on the council. The ability of all citizens to relate to one another with integrity was of the utmost importance because acquiring a high position in the government was possible for any male citizen who was at least 30 years old. When Socrates asked questions such as "What is justice?" or "What is virtue?", he was not interested in academic abstractions. Socrates' goal was to learn what it meant to live as a just and virtuous citizen. This was of the utmost importance to Socrates because he knew that the good character of individuals contributed directly to the survival and well being of his whole society. When the learning and thinking habits of the people become slack, that is, when the masses do not live examined lives, democracy becomes a fast road to tyranny. When the justice and skillful virtue of the human character of individual citizens is harmed, society is harmed. This reality underlays Socrates' comment in Plato's Republic (564a) that, "tyranny is probably established out of no other regime than democracy...the greatest and most savage slavery out of the extreme of freedom."
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