THE DENTIST: Behold! The runner brings the latest news from Athens.
THE RUNNER: Sirs, when I left Athens yesterday there was dancing in the streets and much revelry. Upon inquiry I discovered that the reason for the merriment was that Jordanos, the Athenian coach, had been summarily discharged. Athenians now look forward to athletic domination of the Hellenic League. It seems that the coach was accused of using the wrong system. His system was thought to be an exercise of poor judgment in view of the potential of his athletes.
THE PHILOSOPHER: Oh, dear!
THE PHYSICIAN: This is a tragedy!
THE PHILOSOPHER: A tragedy, yes. Incalculable harm will now ensue.
THE PHYSICIAN: Dear sir, no! The consequence of harm to the league is not the tragedy. As Sophocles has said, "A tragedy is a theory killed by a fact." Your beautiful theory is quite dead. That is the tragedy!
THE RUNNER: As I was passing our own city's agora I was informed that our coach has been retained for a new three-year term. It seems that there was a very prevalent feeling that if we discharged our coach this would be considered to be offensive to Athens and others and would result in our alienation from the league. The philosophers, it seems, had convinced our own city's elders that....
THE DENTIST: Yah, we know all that. Put it to the music of the lyre and we'll call it Requiem for a Philosopher.