Ancient Greeks: Socrates on Comedy and Tragedy
The comic and the tragic lie inseparably close,
like light and shadow.
“Socrates, (born c. 470 bce—died c. 399 bce), Greek philosopher whose way of life, character, and thought exerted a profound influence on ancient and modern philosophy… The impact of his life was all the greater because of the way in which it ended: at age 70, he was brought to trial on a charge of impiety and sentenced to death by poisoning (the poison probably being hemlock) by a jury of his fellow citizens. Plato’s Apology of Socrates purports to be the speech Socrates gave at his trial in response to the accusations made against him (Greek apologia means “defense”). Its powerful advocacy of the examined life and its condemnation of Athenian democracy have made it one of the central documents of Western thought and culture.” ~ Encyclopaedia Britannica
Human nature has not changed over the millennia. The question is, do we learn from history?
Good jokes always contain an element of truth. When things get really bad, laugh in the face of the devil. Thank goodness for political humor!
That’s one of my thoughts. Care to share what you are thinking?
Ancient Greek Wisdom