Plato’s Thanksgiving

As I reflect on the nature of gratitude today, I’m reminded of the views on the topic expressed by one of the founders of Western philosophy, Plato. Plato should be unfamiliar to no one, even if you don’t know the full breadth and depth of his work. He lived for eight decades, spending the lion’s share of that time in philosophical pursuits. His work spanned the nature of love, thought, mathematics, and a wide variety of other topics. Yet in all that time, he never once wrote or – as far as any records indicate – even spoke the words “thank you.”

Do you know why?

He didn’t speak English.

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