Milt refuses to talk more about V. Golddigliano, 7 Sages: Thales, and a special MiltnMia Show, Interviews with Toteras

Hello everyone, are you ready to dive into even more of the Donald Sterling/V. Golddigliano controversy? No? Good, neither am I!

Mia and I did a couple shows on the sordid affair and just thinking about it now makes me want to take a shower! Seriously, we’ve said our piece and are leaving it at that, and while the media continues to fan the racial flames, I see it as a over-inflated non-issue: the guy’s a creep any way you look at him, and this V. Golddigliano is a real gem, sincerity oozing from her perfectly-manicured fingers.

Let’s leave these two to their fates and fortunes and move on to issues which have some real meaning…like the Giants winning 15 of 20 and stomping on the Braves, for example.

Oh, not enough meat for you? Alright, let’s turn instead to the last instalment of our brief look at the 7 Sages of Antiquity, and with it, my personal favorite of the 7, the philosopher, Thales of Miletus.

Now, despite the common belief that it was either Socrates or Thales’ remark, ‘Know Thyself’ that hangs above the doorway of the Temple of Delphi, the truth of it is, that saying was a not a command but a riddle which had perplexed Pre-Socratic thinkers for hundreds of years: was it even possible to ‘know the self’? Does the self, or soul, need knowing?

Though much of this era remains shrouded in speculation, we do know that Thales can be attributed ‘the First Philosopher’, for his belief that water, one of the four essential elements, is the basis for all reality. I won’t debate the truth of his belief, for the Pre-Socratic schools of philosophy, of which there were 5, all were poets who did not examine reality with any of the tools we moderns have grown familiar. No, in his period, poets simply stated their beliefs and, up till the time of the gadfly, Socrates, there was very little direct inquiry or debate with these geniuses.

There are, as usual, a ton of differing tales and legends told about Thales, and for the most part, I toss them out as unreliable. I do give credence to the story that he once told his mother, when a young man, that it was too early to marry; then, when he was in his waning years and still not married, he was reported to have said, “It’s too late.” He was not simply a thinker but a businessman, and he was reported to have reserved all the olive presses in his region one year, and when the harvest came later that fall, he rented them out and made a fortune. Another story has it that, during a battle between the Lydians and Medes, he accurately predicted the day of a solar eclipse, which when the armies saw the phenomenon, they called a truce and laid down their arms, in the process assigning Thales divine powers. (Later, during the Persian invasions, the Medes, with the king, Croesus, as they attempted to assault the Persian army, were halted in their tracks by the river, Halys. Thales took a team of men upstream and dug a trench around the army, allowing the water to flow behind them and giving them a chance to ford the river and give battle.)

There is a lot that can be said about this amazing man, and a casual perusal of Wikepedia or Encyclopedia Britannica will reveal a wealth of interesting tidbits. Let me step back, though, and speak of the Milesian School, with Thales, Anaximander and Anaximenes its 3 notable characters . They were natural philosophers, empiricists who searched for first causes and felt reality must be understand by one’s senses: if it couldn’t be apprehended by the senses, it was not real. Yet this approach, of course, has real limitations, because it cannot explain metaphysics, for example, yet the school is memorable for being the first to systematize and objectify reality, and to abandon the notion of God or a theocratic universe run by a Divine Mind. They were only concerned with what they could observe, so concepts like Truth and Beauty were meaningless; it wasn’t until the Golden Age that these conceptual issues actually became questions.

I’ll not leave you with any of his witticisms, however, but only offer a concept they did ascribe to and which the Milesians are largely responsible for articulating, and this is Xreos, or Justice, ‘that which is due’, the complex balancing act between elements that keeps everything in order. Where we moderns think of justice as a legal action, the Milesians and many of the Greeks felt Xreos came in its own time to give balance where it was needed, and that no one escapes this immutable force…


This week’s MiltnMia Show is an unusual one:

Milt goes solo: Interview with Toteras #1

In this week’s show, Milt goes solo and introduces a new -if irregular- series to the show, Interviews with Toteras. Demetrius Toteras, the legendary experimental theater director and one of the 20th Century’s most profound and provocative thinkers, was Milt’s mentor for many years, and together, they recorded a series of conversations aimed at understanding the state of modern relationships and what seems to be ailing modern men. This inaugural segment will introduce Toteras and his brand of philosophical insight to the world, and is not something to be missed.”

Demetrius Toteras remains one of the most inspiring people you’ll ever hear; take a listen at the link below:!-milt-n/id796661531

If you don’t have an ITunes player, you can hear it directly on TuneIN:


And yes, our booklet, The Get Over Yourself! Handbook on Cheating and Betrayal, now available in paperback, Kindle and all e-book formats, is out now and the reception to it has been wonderful! Thank you to everyone who has either purchased a copy or expressed interest, and yes, there’s a lot of good general Life information in there; you don’t have to have been betrayed to get some solid insight from this manual; here’s the link at Booklocker:


And now, I’m taking a couple days with my lovely wife, Mia, and we are headed out to Nevada for an annual event with some friends, a camping trip up to a high rock ridge overlooking Pyramid Lake at 11,000 feet. Nobody to bug us but the bugs! Go Giants!


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