Consider the following two interesting stories about the ancient Greek hero known as Cadmus: First, he is said to have introduced the alphabet to the Greeks. Second, and more fantastically, he is said to have planted dragon’s teeth in the ground which afterward became an army. John Milton draws from both stories in order to illustrate the power of the written word. Books, he says, “are as lively, and as vigorously productive, as those fabulous Dragons teeth; and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men.” The second part of “Living, Breathing Discourse” (CUA Primer, pages 27–29), from Plato, features a contrasting view. Milton describes the written word in books as a valuable device that enables its author to speak while absent, but Plato’s Socrates describes the written word as something more like a toy that says the same thing over and over and which is pretty helpless without its author coming to defend it with spoken words. While Milton’s view has a lot in common with the view of C. S. Lewis in an earlier reading, the ideas that Plato expresses may seem more foreign to us. Whether or not you agree with the view that Plato expresses, what does that view have going for it? Whether or not we fully agree, how might thinking about that view help us today?