Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Nak Dham Tri Finished

After four grueling days of study and four admittedly easy exams (easy compared to other years, if the records are to be trusted), Nak Dham Tri is over at Chom Tong.

If they can read my writing (a serious 'if', believe me), I think it's safe to say I've passed, if not with flying colours.

Anyhow, whether they fly or walk, whether I've made the grade or not, I think that's to be the end of it for me. If they don't give me at least the two 'hai' necessary for a passing grade, maybe I'll be off to Burma next year to study Pali in English. Otherwise, Pali 1/2 study again in Thailand next May. :)

Taking the odd break from my studies, I admit to having indulged in some lighter reading, but not without fruit. Here is Socrates on where war comes from:

Then a slice of our neighbors' land will be wanted by us for pasture and tillage, and they will want a slice of ours, if, like ourselves, they exceed the limit of necessity, and give themselves up to the unlimited accumulation of wealth?

That, Socrates, will be inevitable.

And so we shall go to war, Glaucon. Shall we not?

Most certainly, he replied.

Then, without determining as yet whether war does good or harm, thus much we may affirm, that now we have discovered war to be derived from causes which are also the causes of almost all the evils in States, private as well as public.

-- Plato, The Republic