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QUESTION 6: The purpose of our life

15-Plato & Co

It was in the third century BC that Plato wrote his famous allegory of the cave. His concern was the importance of education in our life. We only have to replace education with  Consciousness  and his allegory will apply to our 21st century.

Plato imagined people who spent all their life in a cave. All they can do is to watch shadows on the wall in front of them. The shadows are their “reality”. One day, one of them is set free to turn around and look behind him. He discovers a fire and symbols being moved in front of the fire. What he could see on the wall was only a shadow. His reality was only a mirage.

The next step was to leave the cave. He discovers the outside world. He discovers a new ‘reality’, a new freedom, and a new consciousness. It seems (to us and today) that freedom and consciousness come together. We cannot blame the people in the cave for not being conscious of a freedom that they never experienced. Plato’s message is that we are prisoners and should get out of our jail. Let’s get out of our 5% of the material world. Plato would approve!

Let us add another chapter to Plato’s allegory:

Plato makes his explorer go back to his cave to help his fellow men. That is very commendable, but we will try another ending. Let’s assume that our explorer decides to stay outside the cave. You can guess what happens. He meets a woman and falls in love. He becomes conscious of new feelings and a new reality.

The woman made him conscious of feelings he could not have imagined. He discovers that his first cave was inside a bigger cave, itself inside another bigger cave. We could say that he was climbing a staircase, and every step up widened his consciousness.

Let us water the little seeds:

Freedom, consciousness, and love were already buried in our explorer like seeds waiting to be watered. What happened inside him was like what happened in the nature around him. Seeds are buried in the ground like he was buried in his cave. If you don’t water the seeds, nothing comes out. Nature waters them. They rise.  Seeds discover the sunlight and grow in a different world. It is their new reality.

Consciously or not, we keep watering little seeds buried in our subconscious. Pushing the envelope of our consciousness is a source of happiness.

Every stress in our life is an opportunity to bring something to the surface that will help us overcome our problems. This is how we water our little seeds. This is how we find happiness

Let's add a second chapter to Plato’s allegory of the cave:

The first chapter that we introduced was about the love of one person. Plato already knew what would come next. It is the ‘platonic’ love. That means a feeling of love that does not need help from another human being. It is detached from the material world. It is love of the whole universe! This love penetrates the world like the wind goes through a tree - without getting attached to it.

To live a human life is to water some seeds already existing deep in our soul, such as freedom, consciousness, love.  It is by developing them that we can become conscious of a new reality.

What Plato did not tell us is that we have a problem. We water everything: Not only the seeds but also the weeds. Everything grows in our garden - the good and the bad.

Life is a school where you learn to remember what your soul already knows

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