Work itself became the core philosophy behind achieving the Soviet’s goals, no matter the cost, as it seemed. Many people were forced to move to the cities and work in industrial factories, and massive labor camps, or gulags, were the sites of coal mining and timber production. Because more people had been moved to the cities, much higher food production was required. The peasant agricultural population was forced to produce higher food levels than they were normally capable of, and shared communal lands were transformed into collective farms, with any and all food produced now owned by the state.
His bare feet, firmly planted, show his ultimate connection to the earth. This is one of the more important symbols in the dialogue. If a man like Socrates, be dedicated to death as he exhibits as he so clearly manifests, then one must view the body and soul separate, but intimately entwined. For Socrates, the soul is eternal and everlasting, but not undying; this is an important distinction.
A problem arises however, when we are faced with the grand indifference of nature; for every action, there is always an equal and opposite reaction. What we do to the earth, it reacts in kind. But we should not act like it is the earth that is our enemy. The rhetoric about climate change is often combative, where a war with climate change is being referred to.
As this ethic persisted from ancient times and into medieval Europe, it took on an economy of its own. Made possible by the Catholic Church, society (not only the plebeians, but the aristocracy as well), adopted life-denying, or rather ascetic principles, to guide one’s life. This is made clear by the laws and customs which we still track up to today, but also the very ethos of personal responsibility and autonomy. The sovereign individual is one who has attained mastery over the self, but with that comes a kind of moral baggage that one can be held standard to. This is where guilt and a desire to punish becomes important.