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September 18, 2012

Aristippus: On Getting Beyond Patriotism.

A wise man's country is the world.

--Aristippus (435-360 BC), as quoted by Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosphers

Aristippus was once shipwrecked on the island of Rhodes in the Aegean Sea. But he and his fellow survivors did not know where they were--or even if the island was inhabited. Once on shore and beginning to explore, however, Aristippus was quickly heartened and reassuring to the others when he saw geometric figures drawn on the sand. "There is hope", he concluded happily. "I see traces of men."


Posted by JD Hull at September 18, 2012 11:00 PM


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