Socrates earned his Hemlock

Socrates earned his Hemlock. That’s what you get for aiming profane critique haphazardly at the sacred, for no purpose other than to destroy; with no mind to create something better in its place, and no hope of doing so.


“My dear Socrates… you know why they are putting you to death? It is because you make people feel stupid for blindly following habits, instincts, and traditions. You may be occasionally right. But you may confuse them about things they’ve been doing just fine without getting into trouble. You are destroying people’s illusions about themselves. You are taking the joy out of ignorance out of the things we don’t understand. And you have NO answer; you have NO answer to offer them.”

– from “Antifragile”, Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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