senior high school year I was deeply occupied by the meaning of life
and, no wonder, I was a nuisance to a girl I was dating. One day she
said to me: "My father has a message for you: life has no
meaning, however it makes even less sense to talk about it".
gods did not reveal from the beginning,
things to us; but in the course of time
seeking, men found that which is better.
as for certain truth, no man has known it,
will he know it; neither of the gods,
yet of all the things of which I speak.
even if by chance he were to utter
final truth, he would himself not know it;
all is but a woven web of guesses.
(c.570--c.478 BCE): in Die Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, Vol.
I (H. Diels and W. Kranz, eds.), Weidman, Zurich, 1952; translated
by Karl Popper.