Phaedrus II

The Divine Goal

The souls of all seek the divinity that was lost (lost through man’s corruption).  Although Socrates was before the time of Christians, he describes a very Christian-like practice in his quote, “only a philosopher’s mind grows wings, since its memory always keeps it as close as possible to those realities by being close to which the gods are divine” (249 c).  The phrase “memory always keeps it as close as possible to those realities” can correlate to the Christian idea of praying without ceasing (memory of a true reality); constantly running good and virtuous thoughts through one’s mind can lead to the accomplishment of peace, patience, and ideally the presence of the Holy Spirit in one’s heart.  Socrates notes the three virtues, Justice, Self-control, and Knowledge, which he does not describe as mere words; he describes Justice as “Justice as it is,” and Knowledge as “the knowledge of what really is what it is.”  In analyzing the end of the long quote, “…which the gods are divine,” it is possibly along the lines of Socrates’ description of “[recollecting] the things our soul saw when it was traveling with god” (249 c).

The philosophical mind is especially complex because on the one hand, it takes words and swims all throughout the many pools, hot springs, and other variations of ideas that exist deep within, bringing them up–for a fuller understanding, yet, while doing this, must maintain a true love for the truth in all of these, and not just love for the vast permutations of words to describe them.  Indeed, “what is truly real instead” (249 c) is the ultimate goal–perhaps capable of turning the life of even the most vice-stained soul towards Truth–that is, the divinity of God in every word.

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