The Cave

While there are so many downsides to the “new normal” that we are going through, there are many upsides to it as well. Finding new ways to pass the time is almost a creative challenge everyday with so many limitations to what we can do.

Revisiting old thoughts, writings and discussions among other things have become something I’ve begun to enjoy doing over the past few days. History of both the now and the personal and of the ancient and the impersonal is always a fascinating journey inwards and outward.

One such discussion that I was able to recall was about “the allegory of the cave” by Plato, the Greek philosopher. Upon contemplation, to me it seemed, that the theories that he expressed is still as relevant as ever, in relation to the current events of the world.

For those that don’t know about the theory of the cave I found this in-depth summary: https://www.philosophyzer.com/the-allegory-of-the-cave-by-plato-summary-and-meaning/

In my opinion to put it in the simplest of terms, the theory posits that one should not only rely on your own sensory inputs for knowledge and truth of the world. One should also explore and understand how the universe works through contemplation and reading of what others have put forward as well.

For is life worth living if we don’t take a moment to understand the universe and why we are here in this time and space?

Mirror

Sometimes all it takes a single moment of clarity to push back against the darkness. Though how we reach that moment is very individualistic experience. It could be a feeling of hope, elation or just a need to grind away life everyday.

Here’s hoping everyone finds that moment of clarity in the darkest of nights.

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