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.
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?
“That which brings us to our knees will separate our fantasies”
Nothing is ever set in stone. Someone once told me that throughout our lives we have dreams and fantasies that we strive to achieve. But no matter how much we persist in our goals some are destined to fail. Some failures will just graze us by and we’d think nothing of it.
Yet at times we invest so much of ourselves and our time into these dreams and fantasies, when it all comes crashing down it brings us to our knees. And it is how we deal with those failures that defines who we are from that point onward.
Whether we dust ourselves off and start anew or let our failures consume us to the point of no return. It is human to fail. It’s human to fail and keep trying as well.
After three decades, what he said to me makes more sense than ever before. The idea that we must never give up no matter what is a fallacy.
We should be taught, even as children that to fail in their dreams and fantasies is acceptable. And when they fail they should dream of something new and more grandiose. No matter the pain and the hardships that they’d face, success comes to those who endure in their failures.