Cranky old men are timeless | Our Corner

While listening to a professor discuss the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates this weekend a couple of things struck me.

While listening to a professor discuss the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates this weekend a couple of things struck me.

It occurred to me it was no wonder the Greeks knocked him off. He dressed funny and almost never took a bath. One of the writers of antiquity said his wife was a shrew. Can we blame her? He made no money, dressed in a muumuu and smelled like rotten Greek yogurt.

The official reason the Athenians gave for killing off Socrates was he was a bad influence on the kids and made up goofy gods. Nothing like tyranny in a democracy. My, how things have changed.

The other thought that hurt my feeble brain was a dialogue of Plato’s where Socrates discussed writing. Socrates said writing would ruin the youth. He said it would weaken the  youth’s verbal ability and memory.

That darn writing.

As far as we know Socrates never wrote anything. Everything we know of Socrates comes from Plato and Xenophon.

If Socrates was walking around today in his muumuu I think he would be making the same argument about texting or Twitter or Facebook of the Web or TV.

I suspect old guys like me and Mr. Muumuu like to whine about something and remember the good old days, which weren’t.

I have been reading Web reports lately that kids don’t like Facebook anymore because old people have taken it over with pictures of the same kids who don’t like Facebook anymore.

I have yet to read anything about where the kids are going now on the Web. Maybe they have read Plato and have stopped writing, or posting.

I went to a newspaper conference a few years ago and there were a bunch of hand wringers standing around whining about the demise of newspapers and reporting the sky is falling because, “kids not reading anymore.”

I suspect the kids aren’t reading what those guys were writing. I have found kids read when it matters.

Critical thinking skills are often lacking. I see examples of that in my job almost daily and always from adults.

I think I need a muumuu and some rotten Greek yogurt for my oatmeal.

More in Opinion

U.S., Russia agree on Middle East situation

Since Russia helped Syria’s Bashar al-Assad stay in power and helped to defeat ISIS, are Russia and the U.S. at odds in the Middle East? Is Russia threatening American dominance in the region? The answer to both is no.

Page-turners: Best books of 2017

Continuing an end-of-year tradition that dates back more than 15 years, the King County Library System has chosen its Best Books of 2017.

Anthem protests about equality, not disrespect

For all who write negative comments about the football players who took a knee and posted that “this is not the America we grew up in,” let me share a few of the personal events from my life growing up in Tacoma Washington as a white woman.

Trump supporters’ attitude still the same

“Support Trump? Sure,” she said. “I like him.” These words by Pam Shilling from Trump Country western Pennsylvania reflect what many Trump supporters are thinking a year after the 2016 election victory, according to an article excerpted from “Politico.com” by “The Week” (Dec. 1, 2017).

Readers note: Change in comments section

The Courier-Herald has switched to a different online reader-comments platform.

Former fan finished with disrespectful NFL players

I lived off the grid for 15 years and the one thing I missed the most was watching pro football.

Carrying firearms about to change at the state Capitol

If you come to the state Capitol and want to see lawmakers in action, there are a few rules to follow while sitting in the galleries overlooking the Senate and the House floors.

America’s monster

I’m not sure when it happened, but I recently realized I’ve stopped asking myself, “What are we going to do about mass shootings and gun violence in this country?” Instead, I now ask, “When is the carnage going to come to Enumclaw?”

Avoiding loss means more than gaining something else

Some studies have shown that losses are twice as psychologically powerful as gains. American history and our current political situation help reveal a great deal about the American/human psyche.

Congratulations, Jan Molinaro

In every election, one person must win and the other will lose. Now more than ever, it is important to show our children how to be gracious in victory and humble in defeat.

Don’t give into the pressure of driving drowsy

Eleven years ago, a drowsy-driving car wreck left me with injuries that still challenge me today.

Opening our minds can be a beautiful thing

As a leader of my church’s Sunday Adult Forum, I had a goal: to put a human face on Islam for the members of the congregation and community.