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March 28th 2010    Tim Candler

    The Tyrant Pericles figured as a model for Plato's "Men of Gold".   The combination was power and wisdom.   In those days, defining "wise" preoccupied written language.   And too it was probably an idea of "wisdom" that dominated the minds of those practical men who wrote the constitution of the United states.   But the word "wise" often appears to be tangential to achievement because of how success is defined in the minds of a majority. 

     The word "sentient" as it is applied to members of our species is a word so ill defined as to make it almost useless.   Better to dive deeper into the equally useless word "consciousness".   Then come away with a grasp of a process that belongs to time, rather than to an individual.   This way nothing actually has to be understood, because understanding belongs to a relationship before it belongs to the real.   And this way,  practical men are those who achieve rather than explain. 

    However, I can't say that practical men produce wisdom.   So I ask myself whether the framers of the constitution of the United States were "Wise Men" or were they "Practical Men".   And I have to come away with the idea that they were practical men.

    Sadly it is necessary for things to be written in stone, because too many of us insist that achievement is real.  And it is always worth recalling that the wise Tyrant Pericles enjoyed a booming economy that followed an expansion of Athenian  power.

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