Monday, November 7, 2011

Some Things Never Change

Walter Russell Mead is shocked, shocked to see that teenagers are mean to each other, which he seems certain is a very new phenomenon.

In all seriousness, whenever something like this comes up, FLG reminds people of Plutarch's account of the life of Demosthenes:
He was meagre and sickly from the first, and hence had his nickname of Batalus given him, it is said, by the boys, in derision of his appearance; Batalus being, as some tell us, a certain enervated flute-player, in ridicule of whom Antiphanes wrote a play. Others speak of Batalus as a writer of wanton verses and drinking songs. And it would seem that some part of the body, not decent to be named, was at that time called batalus by the Athenians.

Just to be clear, that's a report that kids teased each other back in 300 something B fucking C. Not that we needed evidence that kids are mean to each other and have always been, but just sayin'.

1 comment:

Withywindle said...

But it is different that we have lots of people between 7 and 17 who are 1) not working 12 hours a days; and 2) cooped up with each other almost exclusively.

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