THE DENTIST: Natural! Natural! Natural! This concept is used to nail down the self-interest of every state and individual. The surest way to erect an iron curtain between individuals or groups is for each individual or group to insist with dogmatic finality that their values are supported by the credentials of the natural. It is little wonder that the Sophists exclaim in weariness and despair that "one thing is as natural as another and that use and desire are lord of all."
THE PHILOSOPHER: Mother of Mercy and Father of Agony! The Sophists have done their job exceedingly well!
THE PHYSICIAN: But, sir, I too have heard a good deal of talk concerning what is natural. Some argue that democracy or aristocracy is natural, others that monarchy or aristocracy is natural. Our merchants are of the opinion that the only natural price is the free interaction of supply and demand. In fact, the merchants are decidedly in opposition to government interference with the price mechanism. They fear that we are doomed if there is artificial interference with the natural laws of supply and demand.
THE PHILOSOPHER: The natural is an ordinance of reason defining that which is fundamental for the common good. We must depend for an approximation of the natural by relying upon those who have the sharpest reason and the keenest sense of the common good. Do you still not understand our mission? In the absence of divine revelation the natural must have an anthropomorphic basis.
Now the ancients tell us that a Savior is coming to reveal the natural and save humanity. He is sorely needed to lead men on the paths of righteousness. Until this Savior arrives humanity must depend upon the Aristotelian principle already enunciated—likeness-of-kind of a select minority. Lacking divine inspiration we must rely upon constitutionalized communities such as our league to approximate the natural. If we change our coach our league associates can only conclude that, benighted, we have returned to barbarism and forsaken a cherished association of equals for shabby singularity. We have our choice of rejecting the Hellenic League or clinging to it. The surest way to destroy a community of equals is for one of the members to strain to prove superiority.
THE PHYSICIAN: I find it difficult to believe that the dire consequences you allude to will follow the discharge of our coach.
THE PHILOSOPHER: A community of equals does not function automatically. All members must subordinate their will in order to nurture mutual trust in each other's motives. What will Athens think if our city should discharge our coach? Our coach is sympathetic to the league's ideals, he is an organization man. He has subordinated himself to the larger purpose of the league.
THE DENTIST: He has the singular talent, approaching genius, for organizing defeat, chaos, factionalism and complete mediocrity.
THE PHYSICIAN: Is our city an athletic and cultural satellite of Athens?
THE PHILOSOPHER: Athens alone has provided the Greek world with the inspiration to achieve the true and the good. She provided the hegemony to defeat the Asiatic hordes of Darius and Xerxes, cultivated the arts and sciences and established constitutional government.