But my dear Micah, if I were to disclose what I think openly, then I would not be a good student of Plato, precisely were many academics have found their short comings.
But not to displease you too much, the Ideas themselves are the Revelation needed, the ironical poetry required to govern. The Enlightenment decided to shred the noble rhetoric, believing that people are fit. Spinoza, G-d bless his soul, who taught that reason alone is necessary, would be revisiting his claims now. He, who has given rise to modernity, next with Machiavelli, would be retracting his claims of an universal liberal society, where the Epicurean attempt is tangible to all.
If he had been a more salient student of the Medieval falasifa, as Maimonides was!, he would have never dared to open the alluded. The falasifa understood that, that the alluded is always necessary. Instead, Plato's ideas found a higher plane than did the natural, the phenomenon. This obsession with Plato's noble rhetoric, which Kant and Hegel took to the extreme (look at Nietzsche, then trace his thought back to Plato-specifically "Beyond Good and Evil"), led to the "thinking-rational solution", which was only the more augmented symptom of our disease.
However, I make this concession to you, Moses and Muhammed's intention were wise, but like everything the political leader envisioned, those who came after did not follow through as planned. The Enlightenment attempted to provide alleviation to this very exact potent poison, but its resolve was not able to offer a solution. Instead, Dostoevsky's Raskolinkov has become the Last Man.
If I have not succeeded at what you have asked of me, forgive me.
I do not wish to speak more, at least now. My wisdom is too infantile.
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