The Master: A Parable in the Style of Oscar Wilde

The Master: A Parable in the Style of Oscar Wilde

Claude Lamontagne
2003 3M Teaching Fellow

When Socrates died, his family lamented so much that they ran out of words to express their sorrow. They sought the youth who had been so fond of his teachings, imploring them to provide new words to mourn him.

e do not have enough words ourselves to do him justice!” the youth exclaimed.

“Yes! Of course!” The family replied, with a deep sigh, “How could your love for him not be infinite, his knowledge was so vast!”

“Was it really?” asked the youth.

“Who better than you would know that it was the case indeed,” replied the family. “Did he not spend his life filling your minds with his boundless knowledge?”

“Not really,” answered the youth. “What we actually loved of him was that when he spoke, it was the ever surprising unfolding of our very own thoughts, dressed as his words, which. flowed out of his mouth.”