As Socrates once said, “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” There is no ethical good or evil in things in the world, as things are what they are, they be what they be and it is what it is. We live in a world which does not focus on what is true, even though knowledge remains unchanged. The world is constantly undergoing change, seasons change, nothing is ever permanent. The great pyramids will eventually crumble, people, animals and trees live, and then everything must die. Plato said, “The physical world is not really the ‘real’ world; instead, ultimate reality exists beyond our physical world.” Everything in this world is an imperfect representation of its perfect Form. True and reliable knowledge rests only with those who can comprehend the true reality behind the world of everyday experience.
Some people will spend their whole life living in a cave only seeing the shadows on the walls created by their campfire. If they don’t step out into the sunlight, they will never see the true reality. Properties are qualities or relations that two or more entities have in common. The various kinds of properties, such as qualities and relations, are referred to as universals. A sharp distinction exists between the physical world and the real world, as one can only have mere opinions about the world of perceivable objects, but one can have knowledge about the world of universals or forms.
Written for the Daily Spur prompt – Knowledge.