The Rule of Fools

“If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools.”

~ Plato

Plato On Books

Books give a soul
to the universe,
wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination,
and life to everything.

Plato

Debate

Found this in the email.
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I gaze at the brilliant full moon. The same one, I think to myself, at
which Socrates, Aristotle, and Plato gazed. Suddenly, I imagine they
appear beside me.

I tell Socrates about the national debate over one’s right to die and
wonder at the constancy of the human condition.

I tell Plato that I live in the country that has come closest to Utopia
and I show him a copy of the Constitution.

I tell Aristotle that we have found many more than four basic elements
and I show him a periodic table.

Then I get a box of kitchen matches and strike one. They gasp with
wonder.

We spend the rest of the night lighting farts.

Anxiety

Nothing in the affairs
of humanity is worthy
of great anxiety.

Plato