Friday, June 1, 2012

Allegory of the cave

It's a little bit of a stretch to include this MOC here, since it is not directly religious. I thought about tying in another section of the Republic where Plato considers a philosopher's view of God as the ultimate form of all goodness, or maybe point to the passages in Hebrews that consider the earthly Temple as a mere copy of a heavenly form. Regardless, lokosuperfluoLEGOman's LEGO rendition of Plato's Allegory of the cave is simply too cool a creation to pass up. For those unfamiliar, this is an image offered in the Republic. In this life we are like prisoners in a cave, and all we perceive is shadows cast upon a wall. Enlightenment consists in turning and seeing that what we perceive as reality is simply the reflection of the true things, and then ultimately leaving the cave and seeing the sun.

As C.S. Lewis puts it in the Last Battle: "It's all in Plato, all in Plato: bless me, what do they teach them at those schools!"

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