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Chapter 277. – Dumas' amazement and questions concerning the Child. Joseph's Socratic-philosophical answer. Dumas' praise of the philosophers. The Infant's speech to Dumas about prophets and philosophers.

277,1. And Joseph, observing how Dumas troubled himself to understand whence the little Child had obtained such wonderful skills, said to him:

277,2. "Brother, I remember very well that you have studied the wisdom of the Greeks and have often recited to me the wise principles of Socrates.

277,3. And there it was said: Man does not need to learn anything, for he only needs to awaken his spirit by way of remembrance.

277,4. And then man will have what he needs for all eternity.

277,5. See, you have often told me this as a wise teacher of youth!

277,6. Now look, when your principle is thus correct, what more is needed?!

277,7. Here you see nothing else than a living confirmation of your Socratic principle.

277,8. My Child's spirit has been awakened early on by a process inherent to His nature and therefore this Child-man has enough for all eternity,

277,9. so we do not need to give Him anything in addition to what He already has within Himself!

277,10. Do you not consider this true, as true as one and one is two?"

277,11. At this Dumas clutched his brows and spoke with a certain pathos:

277,12. "Yes, so it is! – And so it was me, who got something of this wisdom across to these Jewish fools!

277,13. But of course you are not one of those; for you are virtually the only one with whom I can have an intelligible discussion about the divine Socrates, Aristotle, Plato and others.

277,14. Surely, we also have some great men, such as the prophets and the first great kings of this people;

277,15. but in practical matters, they are not as useful as the old wise men of Greece.

277,16. For our prophets spoke a language that they perhaps understood as little as we do now.

277,17. In contrast, the old Greeks are something else really;

277,18. for they say clearly and precisely what they want and are therefore of the highest value to practical people.

277,19. That is surely due to the fact that they were teachers of the people, just like me."

277,20. Joseph smiled on this occasion; for he saw his old worshipper of the Greeks, unchanged as ever, and a self-adulator at the same time.

277,21. He agreed with him on this, in order to avoid bringing his Child under suspicion.

277,22. But the Infant Himself went over to Dumas and said to him:

277,23. "But friend! – You are still very ignorant and blurry in your mind, if you place the Jewish wise men second to the philosophers of the Greek;

277,24. for the former spoke from God, – but these are speaking from the world!

277,25. And as you are still full of the spirit of the world, and empty of the spirit of God, you understand worldly matters better than divine matters!"

277,26. To Dumas, this felt like a jolt in the ribs. He yawned in an erudite manner and merely said to Joseph in Latin: "Dixit – puer ille! Ego autem intellego eius ironiam quam acerbam. Dixi!" (The Boy has spoken! But I can see how sharp-witted He is! – I have spoken!). Thereupon he disappeared, and Joseph, being left alone, also continued on his way. –

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