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Plato and the Little Prince

***** 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 of a cavern. Individuals in the darkness of the ***** of ***** lived texture of reality, ***** 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 ***** the enlightenment the philosophers of *****ity, are seeking, *****ten in vain. Occasionally, ***** humans at the ***** catch glimpses of a higher form of re*****lity upon the walls of the cave in the ***** ***** shadows. The shadows, which represent how most human beings see reality, ***** really only dimly filtered versions of ***** true nature of the forms, or the most pure aspect of every ***** substance—for every object in ***** world, there is a more perfect version ***** it in the world of ***** *****.

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

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

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