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Like a crack on wall, my thoughts grow bidirectionally and wander not-too-beautifully. An attempt to see through the other side of this wall - until it breaks...

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Going under, to come up

Am I starting my mission at the age of 25 by retreating into the wilderness? How long would I stay there? Much of the imagery plan is borrowed from "The Allegory of the Cave" in Plato's Republic. (I generally do not read Plato like stuffs, but have to say that I did disagree with him on many points; but I am greatly influenced by the way he thinks.) Plato says that an enlightened thinker is like a man who gradually struggles free of the chains of illusion in an underground cave and who learns by ascending to the world above and viewing things in the light of day, finally discovering the essence of truth by gazing at the sun itself. However, it is not enough for the philosopher to grasp truth for himself: he has a responsibility to descend back into the cave of illusion and free the prisoners of falsehood. This is what I mean by "going under." What arguments can you make that the discoverer of truth has an obligation to preach that truth to others?

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