When I was a child I wrote a poem. I sat with it and I didn’t like it; I may have been 8. I don’t recall exactly. But I read it to my father and he liked it. I said (honestly):”But Dad, it’s not any good.”
And he said,
“Nathan, Kahil Gibran wrote a poem about parenthood. In it, he said, you fire the arrow, you give birth to a child, then that child is no longer your child. It is the child of life’s longing for itself. You don’t like your poem. I do. You fired the arrow, creatively. It is not yours anymore. It is mine to enjoy as I please. You are my son and I love you and I love your poem.”
One cannot argue with such an argument.
That is impossible.
But, in the distant past Plato wrote a story. It was called: “The Cave.” It alluded to people who wake up through an allegorical story. But his focus was on those who sleep. That was a huge error in light of the wisdom of a man that went before him a generation earlier: Parmenides; and in terms of the consequences in history of the interpretations of that story that followed. The consequences of those misinterpretations stupid not he downplayed.
That error has colored history and philosophy for millenia. I most definitely argue with that error. I would be a fool not to.
No, the focus should be on the man who is awake. Period. If not, the regurgitated error of man’s victimhood is erroneously affirmed. That is a silly error to give the whiff of a credence to. Why we do attempt that error can never pass muster. Again: period.
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