[quote author=William Annis link=board=13;threadid=129;start=0#603 date=1053888579]<br />Some hard-nosed thinking from a Hellenistic school, to balance the solipsism.
<br />"It is not things that disturb humans, but their judgements about the things. Death is nothing dreadful, since it would have appeared (so) to Sokrates, but the judgement of death that it is dreadful, that
is the dreadful thing.<br /><br />So when we are hindered, disturbed or grieved let us never blame another, but ourselves, that is, our own judgements. It is the deed of an uneducated person to blame another when he himself fares badly; of one starting to learn (to blame) oneself; of one educated ("who has learned") to blame neither another nor himself."<br /><br />[/quote]<br /><br />I'm only just beginning to get into classical philosophy, so I'm afraid I don't recognize the author. (Remedial reading required - aw, shucks....) But it smacks very strongly of something I read in Cicero, who speaks very highly of Plato, so I'll guess that the origin is either Plato or one of his students/associates.<br /><br />The point Cicero made was that (free translation by me, so by no means authoritative, follows) there are two faults to avoid in seeking knowledge, and the first is that of esteeming "new" or "unfamiliar" things as of greater value than "familiar", and so agreeing rashly with new ideas. The way to avoid this fault (and Cicero inserts the editorial comment that in his opinion, everyone ought to try to avoid it) is to apply both time and diligence toward considering matters before supporting something new over something old. In other words, spend the time and energy to become learned, as held up as an ideal of being educated above. (The second fault noted by Cicero is that of spending too much time and energy on obscure and difficult matters of no practical value.)<br /><br />So to tie this more neatly back to the original, it is an ideal to assess the decisions that one makes, rather than the people making the decisions, and furthermore, it is an ideal to put the time and energy into make good decisions, considering all evidence available first. It sounds like common sense, but in practise, is far easier said than done.<br /><br />Kilmeny<br /><br />