"Are you not ashamed of heaping up the greatest amount of money and honour and reputation, and caring so little about wisdom and truth and the greatest improvement of the soul?"
(469-399 B.C.) Greek philosopher
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 -- Al, DC      
I do not believe the two ideas are mutually exclusive. I believe we are obligated to cover both ends of the spectrum to achieve a moral existence.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    I go along with J on this one.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    Socrates is here making a distinction between the shallow, the facade, the form, etc. and that which is eternally substantive. A great example of this would be current world politics (U.S.A. leading the way). That rates far more than 5 stars. What is lacking in the thought is the harmony of the 2 (the form to the substance). As J so accurately points out, that gets a thumb's down.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    I don't read into this quote that Socrates is saying that one excludes the other. What he is saying is aren't you ashamed that you spent all your energy in putting up an act while ignoring the substance. A dogmatist may indeed spend their life living according to their religion's dictates all the while ignoring the most important part of life.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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