Plato’s Unwritten Lessons

I have read somewhere that there are lessons which Plato did not preserve in his writing. Had I not heard this, it would seem obvious enough. I think any student of anything would understand that there are things which you can learn from a teacher, and then there are things which are written down. In the case of Plato, his writing seems primarily a form of art, and to the receiver a kind of entertainment. Now, here I should say that I am only speculating, and that my knowledge of Plato is quite limited, and I have not read all of his works (though I wish one day I might know them all well). Perhaps, if some knowledgeable reader stumbles by they might enlighten me on the subject. What I am thinking, the thoughts I am now putting down in writing, are just that, thoughts.

Imagine you’re a philosopher in the 5th century B.C.; what sort of skills would you need? Continue reading

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The Great Tree

Friday, 29 January, 2016
A Parable, By Milton Syme

One day, a mother crow was hoping around on the ground at the base of a large tree, when she heard a group of earthworms talking. One earthworm said to the other, “This tree grows tall and strong, so that it may gather enough energy from the sun, and grow these massive roots to help keep the soul soft and healthy.” The mother crow, thinking this talk absolutely absurd, plucked up the earthworm and carried him away into her nest in the great tree.

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An Exploration of Literature: A Year of Sleepless Nights

Original Title, written on 25 September, 2014:

Literature Exploration of the Summer of 2014

New Title, as of 20 May, 2015:

An Exploration of Literature: A Year of Sleepless Nights

I am writing this, partially as a personal account and review of the work I have done, but also to inform my friends and relatives what it is that has weighed so heavily on my mind the past year. While it may seem I am busy with a stressful graveyard schedule, and various work preparations, it is the following which has, actually, been most forefront in my mind, and most taxing to my energy. However, the way in which such studies tax the energy, is one which also produces energy. (The taxed energy is physical, whereas the produced energy is willful, and far more powerful and sustaining. If the world knew of this secret there would be far fewer cases of overconsumption of the edible kind. For, the brain consumes far more than the body, and in it’s consumption, spurs the body on to more labors. Not only is more energy used in this work, but the labor also limits time for oral consumption – by doing we forego – and unites the mind more clearly with the body, such that the overconsumption of food can be immediately recognized and, in this light, uncomfortable: it fatigues the mind, and frustrates it by hindering its will.) Continue reading

The Birth of Thought

The Birth of Thought

Milton Syme

Written on Thursday, 22 May, 2014

How does one enter into the world of thought, ideas, words, expression and wisdom?

I find that it is as though life goes in stages. First the infant must rear his body into self identity, into self awareness or consciousness. Consciousness then comes, suddenly and unexpectedly, it seems, in a moment of solitude, like walking home from school, alone. Then, in this state of self awareness, the youth is smacked upside the face with reality, the result of being suddenly confronted with the enormity of information the brain had been processing but, up until that point, kept to it self. For some the information load is too great and they decline into a gentle, but sustaining ignorance, often through conditioned ideology, such as religion, faith, or some other moral structure, and live, more or less, happily ever after, depending on the moral structure they adopt. For others, ignorance cannot be reached, and those ones tend to sink down into depression, intoxication, and chemically induced denial and detachment from reality. Continue reading