Monday, September 17, 2012

Plato and the Sillybillies

I'm reading Plato's The Republic. Just started today. Thank God I have friends to read it with me. I need someone to share my reflections with as I go along. In other words, I am glad I have someone to text when I come across sentences like this: "What folly, Socrates, has taken possession of you all? And why, sillybillies, do you knock under to one another?"

Sillybillies?

I asked my friend what her translation says. Not "sillybillies." Hers uses the word "idiots." She, apparently, has the grown-up, uncensored version and I have the sweet elementary schoolgirl version. Sillybillies is just not a word I expected to find in this work. Reading on to see what other surprises are in store.
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