All About Mary

Mary often referred to the words of Plato.

(427-347 BCE)

The son of wealthy and influential Athenian parents, Plato began his philosophical career as a student of Socrates. When the master died, Plato traveled to Egypt and Italy, studied with students of Pythagoras, and spent several years advising the ruling family of Syracuse. Eventually, he returned to Athens and established his own school of philosophy at the Academy. For students enrolled there, Plato tried both to pass on the heritage of a Socratic style of thinking and to guide their progress through mathematical learning to the achievement of abstract philosophical truth. The written dialogues on which his enduring reputation rests also serve both of these aims.

The masterpiece among the middle dialogues is Plato’s Republic. It begins with a Socratic conversation about the nature of justice but proceeds directly to an extended discussion of the virtues of justice, wisdom, courage and moderation as they appear both in individual human beings and in society as a whole. This plan for the ideal society or person requires detailed accounts of human knowledge and of the kind of educational program by which it may be achieved by men and women alike, captured in a powerful image of the possibilities for human life in the allegory of the cave. The dialogue concludes with a review of various forms of government, an explicit description of the ideal state, in which only philosophers are fit to rule, and an attempt to show that justice is better than injustice. Among the other dialogues of this period are Plato’s treatments of human emotion in general and of love in particular in the Phaedrus and Symposium.


Isn’t it just like Mary to ponder virtue, justice, wisdom, love?

Plato said things like:

Wisdom is thinking with God and Nature.

Collecting information is a false security.

Self-conquest is the greatest of all victories.

Growth cannot be hurried. Each in his own time.

Learning is simply remembering.

Plato talks about love as being like a divine madness, a natural emotional imbalance.

The International Standard Version (©2012) of the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:13:

Right now three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Love to you!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.