Saturday, July 7, 2018

NEWS: ORATOR Issue Debut Album

At the link below listen to the new recording by extreme metal band Orator (Seattle). It is the debut album and it is called Kallipolis. It was released on the 6th of July, 2018.
1. Kallipoils 02:36
2. Emperor (Disposable Youth) 06:20
3. Elder (Waltz to Decay) 05:35
4. Mentor (An Assertation of Dominion) 04:36
5. Follower (Those Born for Far Greater Things) 05:40
6. Perceiver (The Jaws of Recompense) 07:37
total time 32:24
Inspired by Plato's Republic
In Republic, Plato, from the perspective of his teacher and friend Socrates, describes his ideal society Kallipolis; Kalli meaning Ideal/perfect and Polis meaning city/state
In Kallipolis, the rulers are not traditional Emperors who habituate their gilded palaces, living off the populous; rather are what Socrates terms Philosopher-Kings: reluctant rulers who would prefer to spend their days in pursuit of scholarly endeavors, devoted to their love of objective truth, wisdom, personal excellence, and self control. As the Kallipolis would be the only realm where those who truly loved truth, wisdom, and knowledge above all else would be recognized and revered, these potential rulers would rule only out of recognized necessity, knowing that if they were to leave leadership of their city-state to any common individual they would be dooming everyone to a leader susceptible to the animalistic impulses of humanity. Just as no common individual values the mastering of their impulses, Socrates states that no society is capable of self-government, and no society save the Kallipolis is capable of producing those who are self governing.
As the Philosopher- Rulers valued wisdom, objective truth, and self control above indulgence and self subservience, so too would the Elders be seen as sources of wisdom through experience and the pursuit of understanding.
As the Elders were looked to for guidance, so to would all of a mature age take part in Mentoring the youth in the pursuit of wisdom, objective truth, personal excellence, and self control, so that all were driven to see the community prosper, and in turn themselves.
"Until philosophers are kings, or the kings and princes of this world have the spirit and power of philosophy, and political greatness and wisdom meet in one, and those commoner natures who pursue either to the exclusion of the other are compelled to stand aside, cities will never have rest from their evils." - Plato

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