reply to post by Redajin
It also explains why Socrates never found out that
Plato was banging his wife.
What do you think the man was trying to tell him in the first place!
Nothing like being the deaf, dumb and blind kid that can play a mean pinball or those three little monkeys, see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil,
yet most people are in fact deaf, dumb and blind when it comes to the evil and bad that surrounds us in life.
No news is good news and how we love to attack the messenger when it’s not a message that has found receptive ears, most especially here on ATS.
While it’s a cute email there is little chance Socrates would have framed one of his teachings in such a way. So there is an excellent chance that
the email itself violates the very same tenants it cutely rails against.
Idle gossip is just that but it’s ultimately up to the individual to determine what’s gossip and what’s gospel and they sure can’t when
someone hasn’t first passed or preached it.
Gossip is often passed by those who lack the social skills or have the mental and financial ability to access all the pertinent information, but the
gossip sometimes reaches those that do.
If you had to say investigate the Rockefeller clan from the late 1800’s on, following a trail that crisscrossed the globe through dozens and dozens
of corporations and fronts that spanned a period of over a hundred years to arrive at a truth that is still going to be subjective could you, would
This is not an accusation against the Rockefeller clan by the way (this is though, dirty, lousy, no good thieving, murdering, manipulative cretins)
but you get my point.
Gossip is a two edged sword, there is good gossip (The Rockefellers are saintly, they endow the arts, and sciences and humanity and their generosity
has led to many breakthroughs in medicine that has saved lives!) that sometimes negates the bad gossip.
In reality what the man was trying to do was to ‘object’ to Socrates about his student. Objections are always a request for more information and a
chance for people to share more information.
The man might have been entirely wrong about his concerns over the student and Socrates intimate knowledge of the student might have once shared led
to the man having a far different opinion of the student and shed some far better light on his concerns.
Yet because he never shared it, because he was dissuaded from communicating he likely went away still unconvinced about the student’s virtue, but
with the added benefit attached of being less convinced about his own virtue in the process.
There are no stupid questions, or stupid accusations, there are though stupid people who would love to shut down the communication process and the
learning process that goes along with it.
That’s all that happened in this story and the moral of the story really is that it bit Socrates on the ass for basically what is essence being to
clever for your own good.
This is what is truly clever:
2 heads are better than 1 and 3 heads are better than 2.
It is that communication process that puts other heads to work on the problem, which once combined in the mutual endeavor have a far better chance at
arriving at the truth or a solution than any one head alone.
This is not wisdom in this email but an entreaty to avoid engaging in the process that leads to it. That process is called communication and the world
is in the situation it is in, because far too many people keep their mouths shut, far too many people feel no news is good news, and far too many
people prefer to hear no evil, see no evil, or speak no evil, and the only thing it takes for evil to succeed is for good people to turn their back to
it and do nothing about it.