In the opening passages of the Bhagavad-Gita, the “hero” (if you will) Arjuna is overcome by grief on the battlefield. Not wanting to kill his kin, he puts down his weapons and, dejected, refuses to fight. But Krishna, his counselor, famously urges him on by saying such things as “your business is with action alone,” that “there is nothing better for a Kshatriya than a righteous battle,” and arguing that if “Killed, you will obtain heaven; victorious, you will enjoy the earth. Therefore arise, O sun of Kunti, resolved to engage in battle!” Krishna’s advice to Arjuna has been the subject of considerable controversy over the years and is, to say the very least, provocative and complex. In addition to the Bhagavad-Gita our class has recently considered the challenging ideas of Aristotle’s Politics and Plato’s Republic, all of which are masterpieces of world literature and crucially important remnants of ancient political theory and belief. For the second Blog post of the term, then, I want you to precisely and directly engage with the politics of one of these major works. Specifically, I’d like you to select a single passage from one of these works, a passage that you deem provocative, interesting, or somehow problematic. Then, you should examine the passage itself and try to place it within the broader context of your chosen work and its historical/political/intellectual context. Finally, you might offer your own two cents’ worth on the passage: what do you think about the topic and viewpoint at hand, and why?