“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” (Plato)
As we leave our childhood behind, we learn to get over our fear of the images that we project into the dark, but then as we get older there is the matter of the stepping into the metaphorical light… and in a way we project our images there also… and because we do not believe we are worthy of the images we project there, we stop short. So it’s really the same thing.
For children we can understand it.
For ourselves we haven’t figured it out yet or we would be telling ourselves, ‘Don’t be afraid of stepping into the light, you are worthy, and that is you.’
So was Plato a mystic?