Sunday, January 30, 2005


Democritus and Heraclitus

Dennis Mangan's eloquent jeremiad on popular culture and the contemporary political scene is well worth reading.

There is a still life by Jacques de Gheyn the Elder (1565–1629) that shows two philosophers (top left and right), one laughing at a skull, the other weeping. The laughing philosopher is Democritus, the weeping philosopher Heraclitus. Confronted with the folly of mankind, one can either laugh or weep.

As for me, I hope I die laughing.

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