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Euripides – the First Modern Mind – “The Greek Way” – Edith Hamilton

February 13th, 2012 · No Comments · Criticism, Politics, Progressive Politics

Always those in the vanguard of their time find in Euripides an expression of their own spirit. He is the great exponent of the forever recurring modern mind. This spirit, always in the world and always the same, is primarily a destructive spirit, critical not creative. “The life without criticism,” Plato says, “is not worthy to be lived.” The modern minds in each generation are the critics who preserve us from a petrifying world, who will not leave us to walk undisturbed in the ways of our fathers. The established order is always wrong to them.

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