What a Strange Situation

Painting by Jan Pietersz Saenredam after Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem (1604)

I read: “…philosophers are no nearer to the meaning of ‘Reality’ than Plato got,…” What a strange situation. How extraordinary that Plato could have got even as far as he did! Or that we could not get any further! Was it because Plato was so extremely clever?