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"Thumos" has been corrupted to just mean rage in modern Greek. Didn't know the old meaning. Even Mr Plucked Chickenman (with flat nails) can be useful at times.

[ That being Plato; from a "wise man" in his writings:

"I say that we should have begun at first by dividing land animals into biped and quadruped; and since the winged herd, and that alone, comes out in the same class with man, should divide bipeds into those which have feathers and those which have not, and when they have been divided, and the art of the management of mankind is brought to light, the time will have come to produce our Statesman and ruler, and set him like a charioteer in his place, and hand over to him the reins of state, for that too is a vocation which belongs to him. "

According to an anecdote:

"Plato had defined Man as an animal, biped and featherless, and was applauded. Diogenes plucked a fowl and brought it into the lecture-room with the words, "Here is Plato's man." In consequence of which there was added to the definition, "having broad nails." ]

Doubt threatening organize of any kind is possible, even with the odd trust involved. Too easy to compromise or worse these days. Hopeless mass crazy thumos (hopefully in big countries first) seems to me like the only hope if there is one.

Almost 100% agree on the rest. I think this is my fav RC post so far. Maybe selfish nostalgia. It's what I had been saying to deaf ears for years, only in much better articulation.

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