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Plato considers and believes that ultimate happiness is to come into union with the forms the eternal or the beautiful and good in this life Happiness for Plato would be getting to know the forms the eternal or the beautiful and good in this life The forms are perfect ideals that exist in an unchanging heaven which is not dependent on us Although as a young man Plato drew upon Socrates approach to philosophy as the inspiration for his own philosophical system his thought naturally evolved as he matured Whereas Socrates believed that he could arrive at happiness without spending much time considering metaphysical or epistemological questions Plato came to believe that such questions were of paramount importance He gradually became convinced that the world of the senses was deceptive and that the philosopher needed to somehow be able to transcend this world intellectually if he was going to arrive at the Truth Plato shows this in the Myth of the Cave where Plato treats the difference between philosophers and non-philosophers offering an insight into why the former group has the possibility to attain happiness whereas the latter will not In another one of Platos dialogues The Symposium The Ascent to the Good I believe the text offers us an explanation of why anyone would want to leave the comforts of the cave Plato maintains that all human beings long to posses the eternal the beautiful and the good As long as we settle for transient goods we will never be satisfied It is the job of the philosopher the one who has already had the vision of the beautiful to lead the rest of us beyond the sensible realm of the Forms It is here that our longing will ultimately be satisfied and where we will find true wisdom and happiness I do agree
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