The dreamer and the awake – El soñador y el que está despierto


 
Reflect: is not the dreamer, sleeping or waking, one who likens dissimilar things, who puts the copy in the place of the real object? I should certainly say that such an one was dreaming. But take the case of the other, who recognizes the existence of absolute beauty and is able to distinguish the Idea from the objects which participate in the Idea, neither putting the objects in the place of the Idea nor the Idea in the place of the objects—is he a dreamer, or is he awake?

Plato (Republic, 476 C)

 

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Reflexiona: ¿no es el que sueña, sea dormido o despierto, el que asemeja cosas disimilares, el que pone la copia en lugar del objeto real? Ciertamente yo diría que tal individuo está soñando. Pero considera el caso del otro, que reconoce la existencia de la  belleza absoluta y es capaz de distinguir entre la Idea y los objetos que participan en la Idea, sin poner los objetos en el lugar de la Idea ni la Idea en el lugar de los objetos – ¿Es éste un soñador o es uno que está despieto?

– Platón (La República, 476 C)

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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