As we are unendingly bent by time and oppressively compressed by spaces, we are bound to remember the comprehensive value of what Socrates found in Heracleitus’ claim that “All Things Flow.” We are always in a state of change. There is no past or future — there is only the “liquid now” that never remains the same from moment to moment.
If we ever hope to have a satiated life, we must come to terms with
never-ending change to regain our lost humanity in lives we perceive as static and inflexible while the reality swirling around us demonstrates the world is everlasting and infinite.
compressed into Socrates’ “Theory of Being” is Protagoras’ idea that “Man is the Measure of All things” —
that idea, in its time, was one of the most dangerous thoughts to express
— because it removed the Godhead from the equation of morality and duty and
squarely placed the credit and the blame for excellence in the world
and governance of the spirit the hands of humans.
Protagoras challenged us to reclaim our destiny from the Gods and to accept the notion a life can be granted or left unfulfilled by our free will. Protagoras’ argument was a direct assault on the power structure in ancient Greece because it challenged the divine right to rule by inherited invocation.
Finally, we too today, find great resonance in Socrates’ unification theory as Theaetetus’ argument is cogently added to the mix to cement the claim objects do not innately have a definition or a default perception because only we, thinking people, have the ability to assign meaning for objects, and only we can create relationships between inanimate things through shared, created, context.
“To Be” — we now understand, must forever be replaced with, “We Are.”
Indeed, we are. Great article!
We am, we is, us are.