Re: Musings on Random Musings
There is some accuracy to the statement that "all Western philosophy is basically the footnotes and commentary to Plato." Unfortunately, Plato was the first major philosopher to promote the concept that the Ideal was not only a model to emulate in physical existence, but ontologically more REAL than physical existence, meaning that any fool with an Ideal could promote a way of living completely at odds with the needs of existence and get people to follow it, and any attempt to argue with it on the grounds that it didn't fit the physical world was considered ultimate evidence of its worth.
To give an idea of how this actually plays out, read "The Emperor's New Clothes." Or the history of the Catholic Church.