Influencers… social media gurus… They come and go. Plato has been trending for the last 2,000 years. Why? Are you ready to find out what truths Plato knew 2,000 years ago and apply them to your own life?
Plato’s Wisdom Handbook: Equip Yourself With Timeless Insights That Will Help Guide You In These Modern Times
by Wisdom University
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences
The last 170 years have seen a rapid expansion in human thought and technology.
It’s strange to think there was a time when you couldn’t instantly communicate with anyone.
Man is no longer defeated by distance. Anywhere you think of going, there’s a form of transport to get you there.
People enjoy greater access to prosperity, equal opportunity, and life-saving medical care.
The answer to any question is just a click away.
Yet, we seem more lost than ever.
The interconnectivity of modern life has left many people feeling overwhelmed.
Today, we wrestle with the consequences of information saturation.
In fact, in the 2019 study “Accelerating Dynamics of Collective Attention,” scientists presented empirical evidence showcasing the escalating trend of our collective attention span’s narrowing and fragmentation.
Published in Nature Communications, the study provides supporting data on how today’s modern world hurts the quality of information we consume.
But beyond that, it can also lead to insights on modernity’s negative effects on our critical thinking, decision-making, and even empathy.
Greater access hasn’t always translated to material gains for many people.
Worse, we appear to be more divided as a society and public distrust in today’s experts is at an all-time high.
Who do we turn to for answers?
It may be that we need to see our modern problems through an ancient lens.
Greece of 380 BC looked nothing like it does today. But even then, Plato was grappling with concepts like leadership and social order.
He wondered how best to cultivate qualities that make us better individuals within a society.
Frameworks he developed — The Allegory of the Cave, The Republic, and Forms, to name a few — have gone on to influence Western thought for millennia.
They highlight how reason and virtue should form the basis of a well-lived life. Man had to become a thinker and critically apply the habit to every sphere of his life.
This book aims to show you how to do that using Platonian principles and more, such as:
• What Plato believed you needed to be happy… and no, it wasn’t vast amounts of wealth or fame
• Why Plato never seems to go out of style even in an age that features fashion over his Forms
• How to set goals based on your ideals and hold true to them… even in a world that doesn’t share your values
• Why Plato would have viewed our politics as confirmation of everything he thought was wrong with democracy
• What was Plato’s plan for creating a better cadre of leaders, and how you can use it to become one. Hint: Leaders aren’t born — they’re made
• Whether reason or intuition is more important in making a decision and when should you listen to which
• How to plot your path from self-development amateur to mastery using Plato’s Allegory of the Cave
• Two easy approaches for diving into Plato’s profound body of work based on your reading style and personal interests
This book builds on your current knowledge of Plato, delving into the influences of his work, including an aristocratic background, war-torn youth, and the shocking death of a mentor.
Plato parlays this chaos into a recipe for living a good life, the building blocks of which are outlined in this book.
Each of Plato’s works is discussed, and important parallels to modern life are made with lessons you can draw from.
The book also provides practical ways to lift Plato’s advice off the page and leverage it to greater success as a critical thinker, debater, problem solver, and leader.
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