We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.



«We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.»

— Plato


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15 thoughts on “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

  1. aha Don I love the ”Allegory of the Cave”. Plato portrayed that how only one man among so many dared to come out of the cave while everyone stayed inside and watching the shadows.
    I think in this present era, there are so few who do understand the reality and truth of life and have courage to come out of the cave while rest of the world is living in the shadow. What do you think?

    1. It’s interesting, I’ve heard this point of view before … I’m not convinced that everyone should come out of the cave, or that it’s a bad thing that they didn’t … we have the opportunity to forge our own destinies, for some that doesn’t mean being a leader and going first … and nothing wrong in that … some people are happy as part of a group, and happy to be deferring the responsibility for leading and decision making to someone else …

      Also “truth” and “light” are subjective interpretations of reality … saying someone is “wrong”, “they don’t speak the truth”, “they don’t know the truth” or they are “dark” (as opposed to light), says more (perhaps) about the judger than the judged …

      Also lest we forget Jesus stood for truth and light, and eventually he was nailed to a cross …

      There’s always two side to the story … personally I think we can make the world a better place, so I’m more of the truth and light, tempered with the caveats above …

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