Visual Art Democracy and Domestic Animals
posted by June 11 at 12:18 PMon
Meeting by accident this seemingly mundane image a moment ago…
…directed my thoughts to a passage that appears in the late pages of Plato’s Republic:
You would never believe — unless you had seen it for yourself—how much more liberty the domestic animals have in a democracy. The dog comes to resemble its mistress, as the proverb has it, and the same is true of horses and donkeys as well. They are in the habit of walking about the streets with a grand freedom, and bump into people they meet if they don’t get out of their way. Everything is full of this spirit of liberty.