I Read Dead People - Part 1


| 7/23/2012 4:18:39 PM


Tags: philosophy, socrates, plato, allegory of the cave, knowledge, wisdom, learning, Alexandra Reel,

(Advance Warning:  For some reason, every single time I tried to upload pictures to this blog post, my computer REFUSED to let me.  And everyone knows that a book without pictures is a boring read!  So, read on if you dare....  Sorry.)

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I have a secret.

I read dead people.

Their books I mean.  It's a dangerous habit though.  You know why?  Because, in doing so, you just might learn something.  Such as this:

Around 380 BC the Greek philosopher Plato, student of Socrates, wrote a book called, The Republic.  It is considered to be one of the great works of Western Philosophy.  Worth the time to read.  Seriously.  (Although, I'll shamefully admit that I tried to re-read it recently and, after four kids, it was somewhat more difficult than I remembered it being the first times through!)

The book includes one of the most tragic stories every written (in my opinion) - "The Allegory of the Cave".    It is written in the context of a dialogue between Socrates, Plato's teacher, and Glaucon, Plato's brother. (See, it is worth reading if only to hear such great names!!)  The allegory is told by Socrates, in which he tales the tale of a group of captives.  These captives have lived their entire lives chained in a cave, facing a blank wall. There is a fire lit behind them and the chained people have spent their entire lives watching the shadows on the blank wall, cast by figures passing in front of the fire.  They see only shadows, and hear only echoes.

kindle
9/18/2012 3:33:37 AM

i read a lot of philosophy as a kid and its so true when a feller thinks about it we chase shodows (dreams) all our lives only to find out how little we actually know. i'm a much smarter ole boy now than i was but there is still so much to learn. then before a feller knows it he's at the end and hjopes he has passed his knowledge on to someone. thats the way it goes. casing shodows and dreaming dreams.


terra dei farm
7/27/2012 2:54:07 PM

:) Thanks, Dave! I'm finishing it up right now and will be posting it today.


nebraska dave
7/25/2012 3:56:44 PM

Alexandria, a garden philosopher. Socrates, Plato, Glaucon, who would have thought we would hear about such things on a GRIT blogger post? I like it. Such a vast diverse experience I've had the last three years by hanging out here. I'm waiting not so patiently for how this gets connected to agriculture. :0) Have a great classic day.





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