Some like to claim that the ancient Greeks invented philosophy, but this is as much a myth as Zeus and the other gods of Athens.

And if we’re rooting a worldview in mythology, I far prefer that of my ancestors, the people of Northern Europe.

Odin the wanderer, by Georg von Rosen on Wiki Commons. You can keep your Socrates, Grecophiles, I’ll take the wisdom of the gods of my ancestors. Heed the Sayings of Har!

The Greeks gave us the word now used to describe a basic cognitive activity and nothing more. The ancients of Athens were not unique, and rather than invent anything…