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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Re-reading Plato

Recently re-read Plato's Apology of Socrates and today I re-read Crito. It's been a while.

From 'Apology':
"But I observed that even the good artisans fell into the same error as the poets; because they were good workmen they thought that they also knew all sorts of high matters, and this defect in them overshadowed their wisdom(.)"
I couldn't help but think of modern movie stars when I read that.

And from 'Crito' concerning one's duty to the government:
"And when we are punished by her, whether with imprisonment or stripes, the punishment is to be endured in silence; and if she leads us to wounds or death in battle, thither we follow as is right; neither may anyone yield or retreat or leave his rank, but whether in battle or in a court of law, or in any other place, he must do what his city and his country order him; or he must change their view of what is just(.)"
Old school stuff, that, and good stuff as well. I need to go back to reading more of the classics.

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