PART 5 - Occult Geometry
The eye is unique in that it requires the medium of light to operate. The best source of this light is the sun and with it all objects can be clearly discerned. The same can be said for the understanding of intelligible objects or philosophical concepts.… When [the soul] is firmly fixed on the domain where truth and reality shine resplendent it apprehends and knows them and appears to possess reason, but when it inclines to that region which is mingled with darkness, the world of becoming and passing away, it opines only and its edge is blunted, and it shifts its opinions hither and thither, and again seems as if it lacked reason.[ii]
The sun…not only furnishes to those that see the power of visibility but it also provides for their generation and growth and nurture though it is not itself generation.… In like manner, then…the objects of knowledge not only receive from the presence of the good their being known, but their very existence and essence is derived to them from it, though the good itself is not essence but still transcends essence in dignity and surpassing power.[iii]
|Plato’s Allegory of the Cave by Jan Saenredam, according to Cornelis van Haarlem, 1604, Albertina, Vienna[iv]|
What if the man was compelled to look at the fire: wouldn’t he be struck blind and try to turn his gaze back toward the shadows, as toward what he can see clearly and hold to be real? What if someone forcibly dragged such a man upward, out of the cave: would not the man be angry with the one doing this to him? And if dragged all the way out into the sunlight, wouldn’t he be distressed and unable to see “even one of the things now said to be true” because he was “blinded by the light?”
The freed prisoner’s senses would change after some time on the surface. Soon he would see more of things around him, until he could finally look towards the sun.
He would learn that sun was the “source of the seasons and the years, and is the steward of all things in the visible place, and is in a certain way the cause of all those things he and his companions had been seeing.”[v]
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