Philosophy of Self

a writing by Katresa Durham

In a society of great minds there seems to be a common thread of a loss of identity in the eyes of whole satisfaction. To appease a mass, lost in insanity, a person tends to lose themselves. Plato states we can forgive a child who is afraid of the dark, but the real tragedy is when a man is afraid of the light. If a Man can be afraid of light, then how did he get there and how do we aid him.

In Du bois and Wrights literary work of ‘What is a Humanistic Sociology’ it states that a humanistic sociology is not hard to define, it is simply based around the concept of the people themselves. It mentions how instead of forcing a body of people into a system, the system ought to wrap itself around the body. Wrapping itself around the body that it is meant for is how we get better as a humanistic society as a whole, this concept is the better idea for progress of the people. When we become a mainstream society and everything starts to blend, it creates a paradigm shift for each part of the entire realm of the human experience. Instead of catering to one individual body, we start to see a mixed regime of confused, or ‘lost’, minds. The idea for a better world is that we have to cater in a more progressive manner for the people. The problem in this process is when the body becomes too chaotic to control. When the body becomes to mixed it is hard to be able to determine what it needs. The system starts to unravel in on itself and like a child who learns to speak for the first time, it becomes hard to know how to listen effectively. The by product of not being able to cater and listen as the body needs is, complete chaos. In this comeple chaos we start to see a very incomplete humanistic society, it becomes more of an animalistic society. (De Bois and Wright, The American Sociologist, page 5)

In the allegory of the cave written by plato he mentions the whole concept of when men are trapped in a cave their entire lives and darkness becomes their MO, it is hard for them to dream about anything outside of itself completely out of pure fear of the shadows around them that control their very lives. However plato does state “..capacity of learning exists in the soul already; and that just as the eyes unable to turn from darkness to light without the whole body, so too the instrument of knowledge can only be the movement of the whole soul be turned from the world of becoming that of being, and learn by degrees to endure the sight of being, and of the brightest and best of being, or in other words, of the good.” (Philosophy of self, Plato on the Allegory of the cave, page 25). Plato states this complex idea so simplistically. One of the biggest issues that philosophers and sociology experts face is when exactly does the human being itself forget that it is so much more than a simple being of flesh. In the hidden soul written by Nicholas Rand it states “The fact that the realm of our sense perceptions and feelings, of which we are unconscious, though it is past doubts that we indeed have them, that is, the realm of obscure ideas..” “....Nothing prevents me from returning, via the ego I am now conscious of, to a time when it was not yet conscious of itself, from assuming the existence of a realm beyond the presently given consciousness..” (The hidden soul, Nicholas Rand, page 257). This whole excerpt describes that our thoughts come from the innermost depths of our entire being, sociology experts call this the unconscious mind, and philosophers call it the soul. It states that we are unaware of where our thoughts come from until we step into our being as a whole. We all know that there is something bigger than ourselves and our entire being is made up of an entire energy structure that abides by the laws of nature.We start to lose this concept when we cater to the mass majority of insanity. The body of people turn into animals when they forget that they are souls. This becomes not only a sociological epidemic but also an individual humanitarian issue. The man loses himself when he tries to blend into everything or anything other than his ultimate design. Once a person does step into their consciousness they are unable to recede from that knowledge. The whole red pill or blue pill metaphor, once you know you can no longer be ignorant to that knowledge. This whole concepts is what plato says. Even though these men are scared of the light a part of them knows that if they were to step out of fear, their soul knows naturally how to go to the light but it requires their entire being to do, just as knowledge is nothing without the application of knowledge.

This whole theory of the soul and how it plays into a man that is afraid of the light ties directly into his personal identity as a whole. Once a being no longer finds the need to go to the light because his inner being is so chaotic, it is natural for him to step into a realm of chaos. In the emotions of the ancient greeks written by David Konstan we read the important that emotions can control the entire being. Each emotion discussed gives a detailed interpretation of what that emotion does to the entire being. Psychological experts state that trauma is directly coincided with emotions. The chaos that a person feels is because of all the years that these emotions were not adhered to. When these emotions become to large to individually dissect, they amplify and personify themselves into a whole new concept of that person's identity.

Plato states near the end of his book how a man did escape from the cave, he learned that the light was beautiful. He felt it a philosopher's role that once they obtain light it is their obligation to go and give it back to their family. The penalty even if death is not what he is concerned with, for a true philosopher king knows it is their obligation to give that knowledge back or else the knowledge was gifted mal-intently.
The whole purpose and identification of this essay is to understand that the human essence so much more than itself. The human essence is the unconscious, the understanding and implication of the soul, and helping each other to reign in a constant state of progress. What is the point in a human body if it doesn't know how to be that body itself. Our goal is to not separate from the light and when we do it is our job to bring our fellow people back into the light. We ought not ever fear the gift of being.

The mind is a very complex creature that must be understood from the inside out. If one doesn't understand the darkness in one's own self than the darkness that one has surrounded himself with will never be identified. To truly acknowledge one's purpose in the world, one has to seek out his own mind in it. We can forgive a child who is afraid of the dark because as a pure entity it is a foreign concept. When a man is afraid to step into the light because his own mind is engulfed with such monsters, that is when we as a society have a human epidemic. To be afraid of the light is to never truly live and for a whole mass consciousness to be asleep, that is an epidemic. It is our personal responsibility and gift to humanity to live effortlessly through light and balance of darkness. It is a philosopher's responsibility to be the self and lead others to that same enlightenment.


Work Cited

Bois, William Du, and R. Dean Wright. “What Is Humanistic Sociology?” The American Sociologist 33, no. 4 (2002): 5–36.

Rand, Nicholas T. (Nicholas Thomas). “The Hidden Soul: The Growth of the Unconscious, 1750-1900.” American Imago 61, no. 3 (2004): 257–89.

Konstan, David. “The Emotions of the Ancient Greeks,” 2006.

Plato. “Allegory of the Cave.” Aesthetics, January 2017, 98–100.

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