in the same service as the swans

+++ Does the absolute reality which we define in our discussions remain always constant and invariable, or not? Does absolute equality or beauty or any other independent entity which really exists ever admit change of any kind? Or does each one of these uniform and independent entities remain always constant and invariable, never admitting any alteration in any respect or in any sense?        They must be constant and invariable, Socrates, said Cebes.        Well, what about the concrete instances of beauty—such as men, horses, clothes, and so on—or of equality, or any other members of…

it is the living

+++        Is not what we call death a freeing and separation of soul from body?       Certainly, he said.       And the desire to free the soul is found chiefly, or rather only, in the true philosopher. In fact the philosopher’s occupation consists precisely in the freeing and separation of soul from body. Isn’t that so?       Apparently.       Well then, as I said at the beginning, if a man has trained himself throughout his life to live in a state as close as possible to death, would it not be ridiculous for…