satirists maintain that ridicule is a test of truth. Cf. e.g. Renan, Avenir de la
Science, p. 439 “Le premier pas dans la
carrière philosophique est de se cuirasser contre le
ridicule,” and Lucian, Piscator 14 “No harm can
be done by a joke; that on the contrary, whatever is beautiful shines
brighter . . . like gold cleansed,” Harmon in Loeb translation, iii. 22. There was a literature for
and against custom (sometimes called SUNH/QEIA) of which there are echoes in Cicero's use of consuetudo,
Acad. ii. 75, De off. i. 148, De nat.
deor. i. 83. would make much in our proposals look
ridiculous if our wordsH)=| LE/GETAI: cf. on 389 D. are to be
realized in fact.” “Yes, indeed,” he said.