When I named this blog I didn’t realize that I was actually using a philosophical concept that began with Plato. I just liked paradoxes in general and thought I was being clever. So when I googled the name of my blog, I discovered that I’d inadvertently stumbled upon something: Plato’s Lie in the Soul. And it’s amazing.
“Plato defines the “true lie” as believing wrongly about the most important things in one’s life. [This kind of lie is different than ordinary lying or storytelling.] When one tells a lie, one knows that one is not telling the truth, and when one tells a story one understands that the story is not absolute fact. When one has a lie in the soul, however, one is unaware that what they believe to be true is actually false and so they speak untruths constantly without knowing they are doing so. To believe wrongly about the most important things in one’s life renders one incapable of seeing life realistically and, so, incapable of understanding the true nature of existence, of others and, especially, oneself. In order to recognize the lie in one’s soul one must attach oneself to a philosopher and pursue wisdom. In this pursuit, one will come to understand what one’s lie is and, once it is realized, will be able to leave the lie behind and move on to live a life of truth, honesty and clarity.”
Interesting, isn’t it? While I hadn’t really considered the purpose of this blog, I suppose that is indeed what it’s all about. I’m attempting to leave behind my “lies of the soul” and live a life of truth, honesty and clarity. This blog allows me to think through and internalize important ideas. I’ll solidify my own truth so that I can confidently share those ideas with others.
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