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Plato on the Disciplined Life

While speculation may abound as to whether there was any spiritual method in Plato’s teaching and why he did not divulge it, one answer can be guaged in his famous 7th Letter where he denies that any exposition can given to the true reality of philosophy, and points instead to the disciplined way of life and rigorous daily routine, which the subject demands if philosophy in the deepest sense can be realized.

“No treatise by me concerning it exists, or ever will exist. It is not something that can be put into words like other branches of learning, only after a long period partnership in a common life devoted to this very thing does truth flash upon the soul like a flame kindled by a leaping spark, and once it is born there, it nourishes itself thereafter.” 

By AFarooqui

I write about the dichotomies present in religion, gathered mostly from discussions with average Jews, Christians, Muslims and atheists.

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