JACK O’LANTERN’S NOTEBOOK:
I am wrestling with Plato’s Forms.
I understand it concretely, and concur oftentimes with many, if not All, of it’s cases – but something is off to me.
Plato’s Idea Of Forms:
Plato believed in Forms of The Mind, which he categorized as
THE GOOD (Logos).
For example: COURAGE is a Form of The Mind, as Courage falls in line with THE GOOD. Therefore, Plato says that there is NO SUCH THING AS COWARDICE – there is just Courage-less, a VOID of Courage; void of THE GOOD.
Therefore, he says there IS NOT EVIL, there is just VOID OF GOOD.
FORMS = SOMETHING
VOID = SOMETHING-LESS
Fine, it makes perfect sense.
But, Something-less (VOID), to Plato, dost NOT exist.
It is NOT form, but FORMLESS.
But my confusion lies in the fact that if you could USE VOID – then how is it FORMLESS?
I am tussling hard with you Plato. Let me attempt a swinging fist towards your eye with a trying example:
My Question I Pose Is: How can a Man use Evil (VOID), to teach Courage (FORM).
I.e. If a child is frightened of a monster underneath of his bed, and the Father, knowing full well that there is not a monster – locks the boy in his room for the night (Evil, Void) – and the boy comes out of his room the next morning with COURAGE (FORM):
-Was the Evil Void of the Father not responsible for the creation of the Form of Courage?
I am not saying that VOID is not VOID. I am saying that VOID is also FORM; or, in the least, can be FORMED to FORM.
In More Words: How can you say that there is no FORM in VOID when VOID can FORM the FORM of COURAGE? It is Father’s VOID that created the FORM (COURAGE) in the boy – but in accordance with Plato’s theory – VOID is not FORM – it is FORMLESS.
I have a solution, I think, to this confusion. I would like to take Plato’s Theoretical Philosophy and morph it into EQUATION, by introducing a Dependent Variable: USAGE.
USAGE is the Dependent Variable.
It has the ability to make VOID a FORM, for FORM.
But then we could also ponder: is USAGE a FORM? If so, it would mean that the use of the FORM:USAGE, creates FORM; which means that FORM creates FORM.
BUT: If you want to, you can also set USAGE to destroy FORM & CREATE VOID.
So, since USAGE is willing to go both ways, I would fix it to be
The Dependent Variable.
It is the variable (USAGE) that dictates what is FORM and what is NOT FORM.
If this is so, and The Variable (USAGE) is tethered with VOID to create FORM – Then VOID added with THE DEPENDENT VARIABLE is the SUM of FORM.
FINAL STATEMENT: IF SOMETHING IS USABLE (VOID) :
IT MUST BE A FORM.
So far, at this stage, to me (and I may end up correcting myself later) but for now:
ALL IS DEPENDENT ON THE VARIABLE:
To Form or Not to Form – that is the Question.
COPY @ 2020 JACK O’LANTERN