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Plato and the Little Prince

***** Allegory of the Cave and The Little Prince of Antoine de Saint Exuprey

***** Allegory of the Cave in Book Seven of ***** Republic portrays a world in darkness, the darkness of a cavern. Individuals ***** ***** darkness ***** the cavern of the lived texture of reality, of a daily existence ***** neckties and golf as Antoine de Saint Exuprey might say, sit around a burning fire. This image represents human beings the world. The fire the human beings gaze at is the fire of the enlightenment the philosophers of humanity, are seeking, ********** in vain. Occ*****ionally, ***** humans at the ***** c*****ch glimpses of a higher form of re*****lity upon the walls of ***** cave in the form of shadows. The shadows, which represent how most human beings see reality, ***** really only dimly filtered versions of the true nature ***** the forms, or the most pure aspect of every lived substance—for every object in ***** *****, there is a more perfect version ***** it in the world of the *****.

The L*****tle *****, in the children's book of the same name, may be said to reflect such an allegory, even ***** its *****dication when the author asks "the indulgence of the children who ***** read th***** book for dedicating it to a grown-up," ***** *****e m*****n the book is dedicated to is not only full ***** understanding, like the Platonic philosopher in a world of false shadows, but hungry and cold ***** a physical sense ***** also a spir*****u*****l sense for enlightenment. Thus the author De Saint ***** dedicates the book to "***** child from whom this grown-up grew," the ***** form of ***** adult ***** is now seen by all in the ***** as a shadow upon the cave, for "all grown-ups were once children—although few of them remember it," the author notes, the "forgetting" ***** an adulthood of childhood being a reference ***** the Platonic false consciousness of what we perceive as reality, ***** is merely ***** shadowy world ***** the *****s. Childhood is purity ********** truth, adulthood is **********.

This notion of a Platonic misinterpretation of ***** truths in the world is even more literally rendered ***** the child of Chapter 1 draws a boa constrictor swallowing an elephant that, in the false perception of adults, merely appears to be a hat rather than the frighten*****g, true form that it is in the ***** ***** of reality and the child's mind, ***** opposed to the cave-***** understanding of grown adults. The child narrating ***** work sagely observes that grownups never understand. Although Plato does not idealize the childlike state in The ***** *****elf, the idealization of childhood in The Little Prince has a *****nic parallel in the ***** that ***** novel chronicles a f*****ll from grace on the part of its adults and a w*****dom on the ***** of the individual who is farthest away ***** the older reality of lived existence.

***** Plato and Exuprey suggest, in the

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