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3. Decode the message of beauty

"Why do we like beautiful things?", Plato asked. 

  • We find things beautiful when we unconsciously sense in them the qualities we need but are missing in our lives. Gentleness. Harmony. Peace. Balance. 
  • Thus, they have a very important function. They help to educate our souls. 
  • Ugliness does the opposite. It parades dangerous and damaged characteristics in front of us. It makes it harder to attain good values. 
  • Plato sees art as therapeutic. It is the duty of artists to help us live a good life.


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4. Reform society

Plato wanted to know: how a society could get better at producing not military power but fulfilled people? 

  • Athenian society was very focused on the rich and sports celebrities. Plato wasn't impressed: It really matters who we admire, because that influences our outlook, ideas, and con...


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  • Born in Athens in 428 B.C.E, Plato was the world's first true and probably the greatest philosopher. 
  • He devoted his life to one goal: helping people to reach a state of what he termed: Eudaimonia or fulfillment. 
  • He wrote 36 dialogues: beautifully crafted scripts of imaginar...


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The Problem With Democracy

  • Plato wanted to end democracy in Athens. He observed how few people think properly before they vote and therefor we get very substandard rulers. 
  • He didn't want to replace democracy with dictatorship; but he wanted to prevent people from voting until they had started to think ratio...


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2. Let your lover change you

Plato says: "True love is admiration." 

  • The person you get together with should have very good qualities that you yourself lack.  
  • By getting close to this person, you can become a little like they are. 
  • The right person for us helps us grow to our full potenti...


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Thinking: the talking of soul with itself



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1. Think More

  • Sometimes we just go along with 'Doxa' or popular opinions. 
  • Plato showed this common sense to be riddled with errors, prejudice, and superstition. "Fame is great", "Follow your heart", "Money is the key to have a good life". 
  • Popular opinions edge us towards wrong values, ca...


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The world will not be right until kings become philosophers or philosophers kings.



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