The Spartacus Slap
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Sicut enim maius est illuminare quam lucere solum, ita maius est contemplata aliis tradere quam solum contemplari. (St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae 2-2, ques. 188, art. 6)
"For just as it is greater to illuminate than merely to shine, so it is greater to share with other what one has contemplated than merely to contemplate."
Indagatio ipsa rerum cum maximarum tum etiam occultissimarum habet oblectationem. Si vero aliquid occurrit, quod veri simile videatur, humanissima completur animus voluptate. (Cicero, Academica II.XLI.127)
"The investigation itself of very important and at the same time quite obscure matters holds pleasure. If indeed it happens that something like the truth is discovered, one's spirit is filled with a most human pleasure."
(Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics 1104b)
[W]e ought to have been brought up in a particular way from our very youth, as Plato says, so as both to delight in and to be pained by the things that we ought; this is the right education. (David Ross, translator)
Those last three days, reciting from memory
Cicero and Vergil, you could quote
Long passages of Latin poetry.
It left us stunned. The only antidote
To poison in your flesh was blessed words.
No other good thing comforted you when
Pulsating life, just like a flock of birds,
Gathered its wings to fly. The deaths of men
Can be as silent as the moon's eclipse,
Spectrally speechless as fields after battle,
Loud as the riven sky's apocalypse
With thundering noise--or mindless as a rattle.
Benson, your answer to encroaching dark
Was lustrous language, flaring like a spark.