Why We Should Step Back: The Parable of the Blind Men and the Elephant
Dear Classical Wisdom Reader,
Welcome to the weekend roundup, a moment in the week when we can stop, catch up on our reading and contemplate the classics… and we have plenty of great articles and resources for you in store, just in case you missed them during the daily grind.
This week’s mailbag has already stoked many a reaction… feel free to read and respond before Monday! We also opened up registration for a really cool webinar and posted some tips from Marcus Aurelius that just might save your Thanksgiving.
Members got to enjoy exciting new resources, including a brand new podcast with Greg Sadler with a big goal: To get a broad and comprehensive understanding of ancient Greek philosophy by attempting to compare all the major schools.
Not easy - but 100% worth it.
It really is amazing how taking a step back and looking at all the philosophies can really enlighten one’s understanding of any of them. It reminds me of the parable of the blind men and the elephant. If they have never see an elephant and are only touching one spot, you can see how they would have no idea what it is - or at least come away with very different interpretations from each other.
We humans have a tendency to claim absolute truth based on our limited, subjective experience… putting great ideas into context is extremely helpful. So if you haven’t already, I certainly recommend listening to this podcast.
We also released Virgil’s Aeneid in anticipation for our next exciting talk: Refugees on Foreign Soil: In Search of the Legendary Aeneas.
Is there evidence to the tales of Aeneas and the Trojan refugees migrating to Italian shores? Join host, Petros Koutoupis, as he explores this narrative and attempts to shed light on the archaeology of the region during the Late Bronze Age.
Make sure to reserve your spot here: https://Aeneas.eventbrite.ie
One of the feedbacks from our last Roundtable Discussion was how much everyone enjoyed reading the original text before the event. As such, we are providing our Members the Aeneid to read -or re-read- before our webinar on November 29th. Petros recommends the first 5 chapters… of course it is not obligatory at all! Just an added bonus for those who want to get the most out of the talk.
Finally we also released a Classical Wisdom Litterae Magazine dedicated to Aristotle…You know, since I made such a large claim on what the philosopher would have thought about some modern folks…it seemed appropriate.
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Happy weekend everyone!
All the best,
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