Ideas In Plato's Desiderata

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Plato did not like the concept of object paintings because it was just a mere image of what the real thing was; he also believed though that even the real thing was just a model for the actual imagined product. He thought that no matter how hard someone tried to make the perfect model there would always be a better product out there; we cannot recreate an image of something because it will never be as we pictured it in our minds. This concept reminds me of trickery because we are told of wondrous things, but in reality the product is never as great as people let on. For example, infomercials that try to get us to buy their products never tell us the flaws; they only tell us how great the item is and show us how well it appears to work, but …show more content…
The ideas of Ehrmann are very much relatable to our lives because as college students we are dealing with so much whether it be the daily stress of classes and maintaining good grades or trying to cope with the struggles that life encompasses. The main ideas of “Desiderata” that I chose to speak about involved the concept of illusion, dealing with what is, and respecting the wisdom of elders. These are things that related to my life and the books that we have read so far. We all have different views on these topics because we have all been raised differently, instilled with values that differ variously. The good thing about poetry is that it can be interpreted by so many people in so many different ways. Some could see Ehrmann as being an optimist in this poem, but I see him as being more of a realist; he is telling us about the cruelty that exist within the world instead of sugar coating it, but he is also telling us that there is good among the bad. We often seem to dwell on the bad, forgetting that there is still good within the world. Evil must exist because without the bad we would never know when something good had occurred. It teaches us to have a positive outlook on life while also being cautious of those who wish to deceive others. Poetry teaches us that there is always more than meets the eye; never take something at its face

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