Wednesday, September 5, 2012

{That Day Jay-Z Helped Me Understand Plato}

The craziest thing happened to me today...

For my Theory class, we have to read Plato's Euthyphro in which Socrates is trying to come to a knowledge of the true meaning of piety. The writing is short, but so VERY confusing. (at least it was for me). Socrates goes around and around in circles with this argument of whether piety is being loved by the gods, or whether something is pious because the gods love it... yeah, I know. He makes a fool of his acquaintance Euthyphro for not sticking to a solid argument as they discuss the differing opinions, while not truly understanding it himself... I'm sure we'll discuss it in class tomorrow, and maybe then I'll have a better grasp at the concept being taught.

BUT, on to the main point of this blog post... While I was suffering through the assignment, all that kept going through my head were Jay-Z lyrics from one of my favorite songs "No Church in the Wild."

"Is Pious pious cause God loves pious?
Socrates asked who's bias do y'all seek?
All for Plato, Screech..."

{Light Bulb}

Seriously, who knew that rap could teach me better than a professor ;)

Also, I've always thought that Jay-Z's lyrics were genius. That guy knows a lot about a lot...

Take a listen! Jay-Z sings the first chorus, and the Plato reference is near the end (of the first verse)... if you're not keen on rap, or Kanye West (who sings later) or curse words, I suggest you turn it off before Kanye begins... just sayin'

1 comment:

CHELSI said...

Even though I am not the brightest crayon in the box and still kinda confused... This is so freakin cool! Who knew?! ha