Tuesday 6 December 2016

Help Greece? Pass the hemlock

Published 25/04/2010 | 05:00

So what did the Greeks do for us? Tragedy? Yes, but arguably we had enough of that ourselves already. Booze? Yes, more's the pity because they could handle it and we Celts clearly couldn't. Socrates? There's a thought. Is the unexamined life really not worth living?

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Well you have to hand it to the vagrant philosopher -- he certainly gave us the burning question. The examined life (or examinership as we say in fiscal circles) -- sure, we speak of little else in modern Ireland.

Robert Shortt for Prime Time last Thursday night gave a master class in the examined life in all its forms. The programme should be required viewing wherever vested interests -- politicians, public servants, trade unions -- gather to talk about their grievances.

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