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VLEF - "Socrates" or "The Inquisitor"

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Socrates is a man who needs no introduction. Everyone has heard of him and, even if you are unsure of the specifics, we are all familiar with what he did for humanity. He was the founder of Western Philosophy and one of the first humans ever to truly "think." In a way, he is the reason you are reading this article at this very moment. Alexander Afanasyev uses Socrates as the namesake for VLEF in Psychosophy's original text, Syntax of Love, and the following shall analyse this choice and its implications for other VLEFs.. 

Firstly, it is important to understand that, even though "Socrates" is a First Will type, he is by far the most docile and gentle of the First Wills. His Third Emotion makes his communication with others inhibited and quiet, Fourth Physics makes him disconnected with the real world, and Second Logic absorbs him in the intellect. All of this lead to a very soft outward appearance, with many believing Socrates to simply be a sweet old man wrongfully executed by a corrupt state. 

Naturally, such a romanticised image of Socrates is not entirely accurate. When Socrates was on trial for impiety and corruption, he wasted no time in taking the opportunity to slander those whom he considered beneath him on an intellectual front. He did not hesitate to spurt out his opinions on Athenian society and its flaws, brag about his intellectual superiority, even citing an oracle who stated that there was no man wiser than Socrates. This behaviour was, of course, the result of the bullet-proof self-confidence of the First Will and the flexible rhetoric of Second Logic. 

Throughout the trial, Socrates refused the services of any lawyer, believing his confidence to be a sufficient enough supporter. Viewing all others as equally inferior, Socrates did not hesitate to state how the rest of Athens was full of squares, and he was the only smart person in the entire city. Second Logic allowed Socrates to work his way around such an outrageous opinion, and did not hesitate to rationalise and explain the doings of the First Will. Third Emotion, while it did wither the speech, was still powerful and impactful, as Socrates warned his listeners that, unlike his opponents, he would not sugar-coat and lighten his speech, but would give a raw, unfiltered rambling. When the time came for Socrates' execution, Socrates thought little of the issue, likening himself to a higher form of existence (the result of Fourth Physics, of course.) In more ways than one, Socrates was successful in his endeavour, for even though his body is dead (Fourth Physics,) he still impacts our intellectual world to this day (First Will,) through his innovative ideas and philosophical questioning (Second Logic.) 

Success awaits the "Socrates" in politics, and there is no better testament to that than the Iron Lady herself, Margaret Thatcher. Indeed, Thatcher deserves such a title, as her First Will gave her indestructible confidence and domineering authority. Despite being a woman, she was much better known for her masculinity and traits associated with it; strength, intellect, coldness, and fearlessness. (First Will, Second Logic, Third Emotion, and Fourth Physics.)  She was described by her contemporaries as a fearless politician who left a lasting impact on her fellow MPs, her country, and perhaps the world. When speaking, she would cite a whole array of philosophers and authors, anything from memory was thrown at her listeners. She was skilled with analogies, able to reinterpret ministerial issues in terms the public could understand. Many also noted that Thatcher's speeches were distinctly cold, devoid of emotion, and restrained in expression. When questioned on this, Thatcher would explain that her parents always told her to contain her emotions, especially anger. People are always watching and taking note of behaviour, so it is important to compose one's self to remain in a positive light.[1]

"Socrates" is very inhibited when it comes to emotional expression, making him introverted and uncommunicative. He also has a great distaste for the emotional life of other people, and is more appreciative of willpower and intellect in his subjects. Those who are artistic, charismatic, cheerful, but stupid will only irritate "Socrates." Unlike other Second Logic types, "Socrates" is not very democratic, and believes that his opinions are the only correct ones. However, unlike the "Dogmatists," he seeks to promote thought and discussion among his subjugates, and enjoys awakening reason in other people.[2]

"Socrates," as is the case with his psychosophial sibling, "Tvardovsky," usually do not lead large groups of people. Their Third Emotion needs a small group of dedicated individuals who are able to overlook their master's flaws. Should "Socrates" find a lover, it is typical of him to want to subjugate and control them, demanding absolute loyalty and unquestioned obedience. Although he does not like to admit it, "Socrates" is dependent on the love and affection of others to warm his stone-cold heart. He needs someone who is submissive, docile, and unambitious, but also loving, malleable, and cheerful for him to soften the grip on his emotions.[3]

To summarise all that has been said, First Will gives "Socrates" an indestructible self-confidence, bulletproof willpower, as well as an unquestioned feeling of superiority. Second Logic gives him an immense mind that can easily familiarise itself with many different facts and views. Third Emotion makes him cold and stern, his speech withered and monotonous. And Fourth Physics makes him immensely brave and apathetic to anything that happens to his body. 

[1] Synatx of Love Pages 131 - 134 
[2] Description of the VLEF type
[3] Description of First Will and Third Emotion

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