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Plato and the Little Prince

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

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

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

***** notion ***** a Pl*****tonic misinterpretation of physical truths in the world is ***** more literally rendered ***** the child of Chapter 1 draws a boa constrictor swallow*****g an elephant that, in the false perception of adults, ***** appears to be a h*****t rather than the frightening, ***** form that it is in the lived world of reality and ***** *****'s mind, as opposed to the 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 ***** Republic *****elf, the idealization of childhood in The ***** Prince has a Pl*****tonic parallel in the sense that ***** novel chronicles a f*****ll from grace on the part of its adults and a w*****dom on the part of the individual who is farthest away ***** the older ***** of lived existence.

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