Platos cave

Topics: Spirituality, Meaning of life, Abundance of the chemical elements Pages: 4 (1629 words) Published: April 9, 2014

Achieving an Abundant Life
Have you ever wanted to find the answer to your problems and live in such a state without the misconceptions of reality? According to Plato everything in our world is just an image of the perfect object. In The Cave by Plato he describes how these people are chained up and they see these shadows on the wall. These shadows are an example of the objects we see in our everyday life (the visible world). Plato says that there is such a presence of “The Good” and that this Good rules this perfect spiritual world in which there is only truth and knowledge. I believe that the good that Plato is talking about is symbolic of God. God is the almighty ruler of the spiritual world, which Plato describes, but does not give any name to The Good. What Plato also does not do is provide us with how to get out of the cave. He tells us that outside the cave is this greatness and makes people want to reach it. Which brings up many questions including: How does someone escape the cave and reach the good? One must give up materialistic goods in order to live an abundant life because material goods only provide temporary happiness and distract from leading you to “The Good”.

It can be assumed that one must give up something in order to live an abundant life if it only provides temporary happiness and distracts from leading you to The Good. The term abundant life comes from the bible verse John 10:10 "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." One may think that having an abundant life includes having an abundance of goods, but this is not the case. Living an abundant life refers to life in its abounding fullness of joy and strength for mind, body, and soul. This is essentially living in the light of the good, and for Christians this is being in the glory of God. In order to fulfill an abundant life you must first realize that there is something that is providing you with a lack of being satisfied in your life. This...
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