Harry Styles probably was a bit surprised Wednesday morning when he found himself in the papers for something that wasn’t about his love life or partying antics.
Splashed across the British paper, The Metro, was a quote from writer Alain de Botton giving a friendly suggestion on what the One Directioner should be doing with his Twitter account.
Botton, who is also regarded as a philosopher, was quoted in the paper as saying, “The problem we’ve got is that most famous people in the country tend to believe in things that aren’t particularly ambitious. In an ideal world Harry Styles would be teaching his 10 million Twitter followers a little more about Greek philosophy.”
Styles took Botton up on his suggestion and tweeted a little tidbit about Greek philosopher, Socrates, later that day.
Socrates, born in Athens in the 5th century BCE, marks a watershed in Ancient Greek philosophy.
— Harry Styles (@Harry_Styles) February 13, 2013
In context, Botton’s quote isn’t a particularly mean criticism of the young Brit. The writer was just trying suggest other ways of spreading ideas and Harry’s name probably came up in as the two had met once at a party. “Neither of us had heard of each other,” Botton told the paper. “We had a nice chat. It was fun.”
Do we hope to see more philosophical musings (i.e. a copy and paste Wikipedia job) from Harry? Not really, but it would be pretty funny.