Saturday, May 4, 2013

A Table of Contents Ain't Necessarily a Table of Substance

In a social setting, you'll notice the awe people have for those who can talk mathematics, or for those who can converse about the Classics; the works of Homer, Horace, Plato, etc.

It is strange that these two faculties seem to impress people almost equally. The talents needed for each aren't equally rare. Comparatively few can read mathematics, which is why math causes great struggles for so many. Meanwhile any literate person can at least read and recite passages from the Great Ancient Books (ever hear of someone contemplating suicide over a exam about Seneca the Younger?). The fact that people weight these two skills equally is yet more proof that most people can't do math.

It surprises me that more people don't study the Great Ancient Books so they can lay more women and bamboozle more people at parties. An unnecessary reference to the Classics is a Trojan Horse that would make Virgil proud.




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