Ireland’s classic problem

Ireland’s classic problem

There is nothing more Procrustean than our approach to housing, where a situation is being tailored to fit an arbitrary standard

Procrustes’ TripAdvisor page would have been something to see. When people came to stay the night, so the Greek myth goes, if they were too short, Procrustes stretched them until they fit his bed. If they were too tall, he chopped off their legs to make them fit.

Can’t imagine Procrustes got good reviews on Airbnb either. Remember Theseus, the guy who chopped off Medusa’s snake-ridden head? Theseus killed Procrustes using his own bed. Plutarch,...

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