More Russell and Goldstein on Plato today in CoPhi.
Gold, silver, and bronze don’t just honor Olympians in Plato’s “perfect” world, they sort and order persons. His “royal lie” is about as hostile to democracy and equal opportunity as it gets, his sense of justice as a matter of discharging our assigned roles without complaint or overreach is shackling and stultifying, his confidence in the unique capacity of the guardian caste to discern and distinguish knowledge from opinion is immodest and elitist.
Still, the philosopher’s compulsion to return to the cave bearing light is also the teacher’s, and the Buddhist master’s. It’s a humanely-motivated and compassionate impulse. It’s why you’d want to bring Plato to the Googleplex.
We’ll also continue our consideration and practice of the peripatetic life, observing with Frederic Gros how prolonged habitation outdoors inverts our normal sense of where we’re most at home, and how slowing down has a way of filling up the hour. Speed, on the other hand, kills. As Thoreau asked, how can you kill time without injuring eternity? One world at a time, one step at at time, and the pure presence of that shining moment.
said of Donald Drumpf: “He has a feral intelligence. He reminds me of the Emperor Caligula who got his greatest pleasure from destroying his opponents and humiliating them, and he is brilliant at that.” He told Joe Scarborough: “I think that we have a citizenship deficit in this country where people don’t look at the issues. They do not study them at all and I think that […] the American people are more comfortable with reality TV than with reality.” WA
And in that dull flickering light, happy Philo T. Farnsworth day.
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