Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hesiod Selections

My Philosophy 201 professor assigned this reading for last night. I was amused by this passage:

“And he gave them a second evil to be the price for the good they had:

whoever flees marriage and the sorrows made by women

and will not wed, reaches deadly old age

with no one to tend his years, and though he has no lack of livelihood

while he lives, yet, when he is dead, his kinsfolk divide his possessions

amongst them. And as for the man who chooses the lot of marriage

and takes a good wife suited to his mind,

evil always contends with good;

for whoever happens to have mischievous children, lives always

with unceasing grief in his spirit and heart within him;

and this evil cannot be healed.”

It sounds like a lot of grief and sorrow and suffering. Sounds like fun.

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