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Plato wrote Timaeus in the third century BC In it Plato describes the creation of the cosmos and everything within it This work has had a profound influence on early European thought regarding many aspects of life from Astrology to Theology to even Psychology Even though the scope of this book cover so much Plato perhaps realizing that there is much he does not know covers himself at the start and periodically during the narrative by saying that it is only a likely story Timaeus who does most of the talking in Timaeus starts of early by stating that they are only human so their account of the creation is as likely as any Timaeus also states that for being has to becoming the same relation as truth is to belief These phrases set the tone of the story early on in the book and are important throughout the entire book because it sets the overall mood of the narrative The meaning of these words however can be difficult to understand This paper will attempt to explain what Plato meant when he wrote them One of the major themes of the story is the idea of being and becoming These are the categories in which pretty much everything falls into Being is the original the idea of everything Like a blueprint being is the way that something is supposed to be without limitations of the creator Becoming however is the result It can never be exactly the same as being because that is its nature Becoming is the manifestation of being Since our world is not the original thus becoming then everything within our world regardless of who makes it is also a becoming It can also be said that Being is eternal Even that it is out of time it self Being will forever remain the same with out regard for anything else Where as becoming is always changing always in flux
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