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Plato and the Little Prince

Plato's Allegory of the Cave ***** The ***** Prince ***** Antoine de Saint Exuprey

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

***** Little Prince, 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 ***** ***** children who may read this book for dedicating it to a grown-up," for the man the book is dedicated to is not only full of underst*****ing, like the Platonic philosopher in a world of false shadows, but hungry and cold ***** a physical sense and also a spiritual sense for enlightenment. Thus the ***** De Saint ***** dedicates ***** ***** to "the child from whom th***** grown-up grew," the Pla*****nic form of the adult whom is now *****n by all in ***** world as a shadow upon the *****, for "all *****s were once *****—although few of them remember it," the author notes, the "forgett*****g" of an adulthood of *****hood being a reference to the Platonic ***** consciousness ***** what we perceive as reality, ***** is merely the shadowy ***** of the **********. Childhood is purity ***** truth, adulthood is falseness.

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

***** Plato ***** Exuprey suggest, in *****


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