I [Socrates] said, if the pleasant is the good,
nobody does anything under the idea or
conviction that some other thing would be better
and is also attainable, when he might do the
better. And this inferiority of a man to himself
is merely ignorance, as the superiority of a man
to himself is wisdom.
They all assented...
Then, I said, no man voluntarily pursues
evil, or that which he thinks to be evil. To
prefer evil to good is not in human nature; and
when a man is compelled to choose one of two
evils, no one will choose the greater when he
may have the less.
All of us agreed to every word of this.
Well, I said, there is a certain thing called
fear or terror; and here, Prodicus, I should
particularly like to know whether you would
agree with me in defining this fear or terror as
expectation of evil.