The woods are green. Birds chirping all around and the flowers are in full-bloom.
The sun’s rays are penetrating through the green cover and lighting up the special spots of the woods.
In the distance, you can hear the sounds of water splashing onto a hard rock.
We zoom into this view and lo and behold – we see two men walking down a not-so-used path. One is wearing a brown robe and the other a white robe.
Ladies and gentlemen, Dhi Only One presents the return of Socrates & Plato.
Socrates (with a hurried look on his face): This is the time of the year when the flowers bloom and share their happiness with the woods. This is the time of the year.
Plato (trying to figure out what they were doing in the woods): Uh-huh. Okay. But why are we here?
Socrates (continuing his pensive demeanour): Flora is what we appreciate when we no longer want to be in the rat race. Besides, as quoted by a certain man whose birthday it is today – Even if you win the rat race you will still be a rat.
Plato: Yeah, okay. I wonder who won the rat race for that girl wearing a floral skirt though.
Socrates raises an eyebrow and increases the pace of his walk.
Plato shrugs his shoulders and follows suit.
Socrates: That is chamomile, that is aloe vera and that is passion flower.
Plato (thinking hard): It is wonderfully strange that these are the exact same ingredients of my shampoo.
They both approach a clearing from where there are two paths.
One takes them to the newly formed Greek School of Philosophy. The other takes them to a life of peace and tranquility.
Socrates: We take the path to peace and tranquility.
Plato: I heard there are good looking women at the Greek School of Philosophy.
Socrates: Philosophy and women? But then you lose peace and tranquility, the path to that, that is.
Plato: That is great! (pauses) Er, well okay. I have heard there is a lot of diversity there, we will surely learn from others, won’t we?
Socrates: Learning is a process of assimilating what you think. Thinking is a process of structuring your brain’s momentary reactions. (pauses). Do we need diversity for this?
They both set off to the Greek School of Philosophy, leaving peace and tranquility behind.
Sometimes, the road less travelled is indeed a better option. The other path ends up being Greek to you.
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