The links between ancient Greek philosophy and Christianity are many. The most famous of the Greek precepts : Gnothi Seauton, " Know thyself ", registered at Delphi retains a certain mystery. Another piece of sentence we stayed : " But not too much "… Know thyself… But not too much ! Plato leads Socrates to think about the Delphic formula Philèbe :
Socrates - It is basically a kind of vice which takes its name from a particular habit, and this part of the vice in general is contrary to that recommended the inclusion of Delphi.
Protarchus - This is the precept : know thyself, you speak, Socrates ?
Socrates - Yes, and the opposite of this precept, in the registration of the Language, would not know at all.
"Know thyself" to improve you, to erase in you what bothers to your development. Do not know is already a challenge to Socrates. " But not too much ", because man believes so easily that it is much more, Son of Adam, man is the plaything of his presumption. "But not too much" in order not to make you a god.
This is one of the foundations of Greek culture, the idea of knowing, the idea of wisdom, advanced in wisdom, but also the feeling that too much digging surprises can arise, and not necessarily good. The Greeks were very aware of human weaknesses, its shortcomings. The Greeks are even, with Christians, those who most emphasized the possibility of human weakness, this is also what makes us so close. The weakness of man is expressed in their gospels, the tragedies. Pity and terror are the two pillars. Know thyself… but not too much.
A friend contacted me to ask me the exact quote from Ernst Jünger (alleging’Storm of Steel) we liked to repeat between officers of the 2nd Infantry Regiment abroad. I sign on this blog as I remember that General Antoine Lecerf liked this quote and it fits like a glove :
It was given to us to live in the invisible rays of great feelings, this will remain our inestimable privilege.