Psychological Philosophy and the Creative Mind Series
PLATO was a philosopher who lived approximately 2400 years ago. In very simple terms, he taught that true REALITY was something different than what most of us experience, which he claimed is only an illusion. It actually takes a conscious (intelligent) mind to IMAGINE what he describes, which is quite backwards.
MANY people believe in this philosophy. That we are presently living an ILLUSION. Wow.
If that is so—that dog or cat that you enjoy hugging or petting or holding on your lap?
It’s not real!
Your mother and father and sisters and brothers?
Your spouse and children and grandchildren?
It’s just one big fairy tale.
Well—I’m not going to go there. My best guess is if you choose NOT to pay them, you may end up someday trying to convince yourself that prison is just a dream too.
Plato’s philosophy, (that many of us have been taught to revere…go figure) and later philosophies based on his that followed it and were even more extreme, allowed for governments, religion, colleges and university leaders, and even the media to CONTROL those of us IN THE DARK.
Here’s the scariest part:
we have allowed this.
Now—you have to understand that a student, say, about third grade level today, knows MORE than the majority of people in Plato’s day. There were a few very intelligent people in his day, but the majority was not. Some intelligent people ran with Plato’s philosophy and kept the majority IN THE DARK for years. Pay attention—for 2400 years!
We each have in us a certain desire to be LED. It’s LAZINESS, actually. While each of us has the ability to make our own decisions for our own individual lives, it’s so much simpler to let somebody else do it. And then we complain about how horrible things are. WAKE UP!
Most of us today, even the poor, have cell phones. Heck—even many third graders have them. I have heard it said that these phones each have more computer power than what NASA used to send a rocket to the moon. I don’t know how true that is, but I do know this: those of us with cell phones have at our fingertips MORE KNOWLEDGE than that which was contained in the greatest of libraries in Plato’s day and well beyond it.
We are very quick to gripe and complain about things not working the way we wish on our phones. I am no different. I’ve complained quite often. We have been taught that KNOWLEDGE is POWER. We really need to recognize what great POWER each of us has available at our fingertips.
But here’s what I’m getting at: despite our present day KNOWLEDGE, (or individual POWER), we still ALLOW certain so-called LEADERS to make decisions for us that WE SHOULD BE MAKING ON OUR OWN.
Why are so many of us STILL IN THE DARK? It’s time to turn the lights on. We could together use our cell phone flashlights. Let’s get out of this proverbial cave. Let’s be REAL. Really.
There’s absolutely NO REASON for us to allow others to keep us in the dark. We have within us the POWER to choose our own destiny—yea!—to CREATE our own experiences in reality.