First line, p. 45

There’s a playful assignment floating around social media circles that instruct the reader to turn to p. 45 of the book nearest them. The first sentence is supposedly indicative of your love life. Well, the book closest to me (the only one in my office, in fact, seeing as I don’t have a bookshelf) is the monograph containing my first co-authored article.

For kicks, I decided to play along. The first sentence on p. 45 is a quote from Plato, which begins like this:

“… that as you ought not to attempt to cure the eyes without the head, or the head without the body, so neither ought you to attempt to cure the body without the soul; and this is the reason why the cure of many diseases is unknown to the physicians of Hellas, because they are ignorant of the whole, which ought to be studied also; for the part can never be well unless the whole is well.”

Hmm. Matters of the soul are important in relationships. I want a true partner, one who is not just smart (head), or only attractive (body), or simply spiritual (soul), but someone well-rounded who also cares about more than just one of those qualities.

What do you think?

Stealthy reading

I have a confession to make: I’m the “random selector” for an annual Christmas lunch and book exchange with some old colleague friends, and I gave myself someone because I wanted to read one on that list. Done & wrapped! Didn’t even curl the edges. 😎

(In related news, I need to get back to my dissertation revisions, but the brain-break was nice for a few days.)