Socrates: You look troubled, Glaucon.Glaucon: [sighs] I'm tired of all the lies, Socrates.Socrates: What lies do you have in mind?Glaucon: Did you witness the Festival of Barbaric Thought?Socrates: No. Did I miss anything?Glaucon: Hardly. But the whole Athenian elite was there, oohing and aahing over the paltry "achievements" of mere barbarians.Socrates: Did you criticize them for their lack of discernment?Glaucon: How I wanted to! But they'd have called me a Son of Hades if I'd spoken the truth.Socrates: The truth that their festival was a farce?Glaucon: I suppose that would have galled them, too. But I have a far greater truth in mind.Socrates: Namely?Glaucon: [whispering] That civilization rests
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