If you thought One Direction‘s Harry Styles was too busy being in a famous boy band to read the things people write about him, let alone respond to them, think again. Earlier today, Harry provided definitive proof that he has a Google alert on his name. And he did it by tweeting about Socrates!
Allow me to explain. It all started when Metro UK interviewed religious philosopher Alain de Botton about (guess what?) philosophy. The conversation eventually led, as all great meetings of the minds do, to the topic of Harry Styles:
Are you friends with Harry from One Direction?
That would be overegging it. I was introduced to him at a party. Neither of us had heard of each other. We had a nice chat. It was fun.
Did you have much in common?
My plan is to shut the Arts Council and get people such as Harry Styles to go on television and recommend to everyone they read Proust and Hegel, which would achieve more in five minutes than the Arts Council achieves year in, year out. David Beckham could do Aristotle and Plato. The cause of intellectual life in this country would be helped immeasurably. The problem we’ve got is the most famous people in the country tend to believe in things that aren’t particularly ambitious whereas the people who believe in really ambitious things are stuck away in an ivory tower and no one bothers listening to what they think. In an ideal world Harry Styles would be teaching his 10million Twitter followers a little more about Greek philosophy.
And, lo and behold, de Botton’s prayers were answered when Harry sent the following tweet:
OMG, right? That article wasn’t even really about him, which means either Harry has the Google alerts on like whoa, or Alain de Botton made a bigger impression on him than he did on Alain. Or maybe he is just really interested in ancient Greek philosophy in general, and it was all a big coincidence. Who knows?
Some Directioners responded with confusion, but I can only assume others are out buying all of Plato’s Socratic dialogues right now so they have something to talk about with Harry once they marry him. Alain de Botton’s vision has become a reality!
Of course, there’s a chance the Harry’s people simply saw an opportunity for Harry to look smart and told him what to type. But if that were the case, the tweet probably would have used proper idiom. (Read it again.)