- Albert Fuglsang-Madsen
Idealism - Idealists?
Hello TED people,
I will try my best to express the thought creating basis to this conversation.
· To begin with, Plato/Socrates described the Allegory of the Cave, the idea of the concrete world being an illusion and our mind and soul being free, whereas thoughts were considered holy. He said only philosophers understood the real world, the world of "ideas" where they can see things for what they really is, and their responsibility to lead the people who haven't yet obtained the same ability. He believed that the soul already knows everything, but we just "remember" it once again - that the soul is eternal and we're born over and over in different bodies.
· Later, idealism believed in freeing the body from it's flesh and shackles and return to the spirit world, the "dualistic" point of view in the world, believing only artists understood the true meaning, and simply explained it was a realisation of reality, rather than having the obligation to leading others
· Even later, today, we have Buddhism believing that the world of ideas is the real one, and the physical world being the illusion, like Plato, where we all have an "energy" within us that is an eternal river, sometimes bringing us into this illusion (birth) and that the only ones who truly understands this are munks.
"Life is like a candle, if you light its flame and go to bed, when you wake up, it will be the same candle, but the flame is different than it was when you left"
Now, I was thinking, how do you define idealists? And does that word even cover the modern/new understanding of idealists : people who always want the most optimal in every situation, and also believe in the power of thoughts and science -- expressing our thoughts and ideas and thoughts being the best. A point of view where the real people are not philosophers, artists or munks, but simply just people who realise that the world is more than just material? Is it time for a redefinition? Is there a new conception of "idealists"?