In a dialogue between; Theseus from a democratic city, and Theban Herald from despotism city; Theseus tells Theban Herald that despotism is the most hostile thing to a city; where there are no laws applicable to all. A despot government is led by a tyrant, who holds the law in his hands and can do as he/she pleases. They form the overall authority, and they are above any form of law. His decisions are not questionable, and every citizen ought to abide by his orders without a concrete reason. In this dialogue, Theses explains to Theban the value in democracy; he claims that in his city everyone is equal, be they poor or rich since they are protected by law; if a weak man has a stronger argument as opposed to the strong man, then they win because they are protected by law (From the suppliants: Democracy or Despotism).From this dialogue, a conclusion can be made that believing in reason reflects one’s belief in democracy. Theseus managed to give all the reasons why he prefers democracy to despotism. He sees no relevance when parents accumulate wealth for their children when in the long run the wealth will end up in the tyrant’s hands. He sees no meaning in striving to maintain virgins only for the tyrant to rape them whenever he pleases (From the suppliants: Democracy or Despotism). Reason and democracy.
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