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Plato and the Little Prince

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

***** Allegory of the ***** in Book Seven ***** The Republic portrays a world in darkness, the darkness of a cavern. Individuals ***** the darkness of the ***** of the lived texture ***** reality, of a daily existence of 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 ***** gaze at is the ***** of the enlightenment ***** philosophers of humanity, are seeking, often in vain. Occasionally, the humans at ***** fire c*****ch glimpses of a higher form of reality upon the walls of the cave in the ***** ***** shadows. The shadows, which represent how most human beings see *****, ***** really only dimly filtered versions of ***** true nature of the forms, or the most pure aspect of every ***** substance—for every object in ***** *****, there ***** a more perfect version of it in the world of ***** forms.

***** L*****tle Prince, 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 of the children who ***** read this book for dedicating it to a grown-up," for the m***** the book is dedic*****ted to is not only full ***** 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 enlighten*****ent. Thus the ***** De Saint Exuprey dedicates ***** book to "the child from whom ***** grown-up grew," the Platonic form of the adult ***** ***** now *****n by all in the ***** as a sh*****dow upon the *****, for "all grown-ups were once children—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 of the *****. Childhood is purity ********** truth, adulthood is falseness.

***** notion ***** a Platonic misinterpretation of ***** 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, merely appears to be a h*****t rather than the frightening, ***** ***** that it is in the lived ***** of reality and ***** *****'s mind, as opposed ***** the cave-like understanding of grown adults. The child narrating the work sagely observes that *****ups never understand. Although Plato does not idealize the childlike state in The ***** **********, the idealization of childhood in ***** Little Prince has a Platonic parallel in the sense that ***** novel chronicles a fall from grace on the part of its adults and a wisdom on the ***** of the individual who is farthest away ***** the older ***** ***** lived existence.

Both Plato and Exuprey suggest, in *****


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