“The fanaticism with which all of Greek thought threw itself on rationality shows that there was a crisis: be destroyed or be absurdly rational. Everywhere, instincts were in anarchy; people were five steps away from excess. Socrates understood that the world needed him: his method, his cure, his personal strategy for self-preservation.”
—F. Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, “The Problem of Socrates,” §10 & 9 (edited excerpts).