the magical metaphor

While mankind remains mere baggage in the world
It will be swept along, as in a boat, asleep.
What can they see in sleep?
What real merit or punishment can there be?

Sana’i

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life and death

Later we will have a long time to lie dead
yet the few years we have now we live badly.

Semonides

apology

Let the speaker speak truly and the judge decide justly
…because they were good workmen they also knew all sorts of high matters, and this defect in them overshadowed their wisdom.
He, O men, is the wisest, who, like Socrates, knows that his wisdom is in truth worth nothing
but the truth is, O men of Athens, that God only is wise;
this villainous misleader of youth,
the envy and detraction of the world,
no one knows whether death may not be the greatest good,
hitherto,
pilgrimage…

Plato