Thursday, April 25, 2024

Dante Alighieri on Social Media

In Canto 30 of The Divine Comedy, Dante lingers in the eighth circle of Hell, watching the damned insult and attack each other. Virgil, as the voice of reason and wisdom, calls him out on this foolishness. Dante repents, and Virgil responds,

"Never forget that I am always by you
should it occur again, as we walk on,
that we find ourselves where others of this crew
fall to such petty wrangling and upbraiding.
The wish to hear such baseness is degrading."

(John Ciardi translation)

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