Posted by Fred on January 05, 2004
In Reply to: Guardian of the guardian(s) of the gold posted by Ebony on January 05, 2004
: : : : Where does that expression come from? As in "Who is the guardian of the guardian(s) of the gold" or "Where is the guardian etc..."
: : : : The griffin [gryphon" is the mythological creature who guards the gold , but , usually its own gold.] My "guardian" is the one who keeps the guardians of other peoples' gold honest. But I still don't know where the expression originated or was coined. Help, please.
: : : I suspect this is a direct relative of the Lat*n expression (which I can't precisely remember!!) but which translates as 'Who is the custodian of the custodians?'. It is centuries old and, I believe, dates back to ancient Rome.
: : Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
: Who shaves the barber?
Reminds me of Russell's paradox. Suppose there is a barber B who shaves
those and only those who don't shave themselves. Does B shave himself?
If he does he doesn't. If he doesn't he does.