Saturday, 22 August 2009

Ze-no, Z'no, Ze-no, Z'no

Here's a fact about the great early philosopher Zeno of Elea I didn't know: 'According to Plutarch, Zeno attempted to kill the tyrant Demylus, and failing to do so, "with his own teeth bit off his tongue, he spit it in the tyrant’s face."' Now that's what I call philosophic martyrdom; why does wussy 'let me drink this poison and die gently and with dignity' get all the credit? Zeno should be our poster-boy.

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