Fair responses

Socrates: ‘The unexamined life is not worth living!’

My aunt Nellie: ‘Speak for yourself, darling. Agreed, that which is worth-living might very possibly be worth-examining, but to me it just isn’t obvious how the unexamined is equal to the unworthy in any sense. If that were truly the case, archaeologists, psychoanalysts and their friends would do better to spend their time more profitably than digging into the many unexamined things buried below the examinable surfaces.’

Me: ‘Ah, if only they would!’


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