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

The L*****tle Prince, in the children's book ***** the same name, may be said to reflect such an allegory, even in its dedication when the author asks "the indulgence of ***** children who ***** read this book for dedicating it to a grown-up," ***** the 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 in a physical sense ***** also a spir*****u*****l sense for enlightenment. Thus the author De Saint ***** dedicates the ***** to "***** child from whom this grown-up grew," the ***** form of the adult ***** is now *****n by all in the world as a shadow upon the *****, for "all grown-ups were once *****—***** few of them remember it," the author notes, ***** "forgetting" ***** an adulthood of *****hood being a reference ***** the Platonic false consciousness ***** what we perceive as reality, ***** is merely ***** shadowy world of the *****s. Childhood is purity and truth, adulthood ***** *****ness.

This notion ***** a Pl*****tonic misinterpretation of physical truths in the world is ***** ***** literally rendered when the child of Chapter 1 draws a boa constrictor swallow*****g an elephant that, in the false perception of adults, ***** appears to be a hat rather than the frightening, true form that it is in the lived ***** of reality and the child's mind, as opposed to ***** cave-***** understanding of grown adults. The child narrating the work sagely observes that *****ups never understand. Although Plato does not idealize the childlike state in ***** ***** itself, ***** idealization of childhood in The Little Prince has a Platonic parallel in the ***** that the novel chronicles a fall 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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