Plato and Bloom Comparison (“Meno” and “Divorce”)

“Meno” by Plato is a dialogue-based story on basically what virtue is. Both the main character and the expert truly don’t know what virtue is. Plato talks about how the solution to problems will always be within us, and that we just have to search for it inside of ourselves. The answer will theoretically always be there, we just have to look hard enough to find it. However, both the main character and the expert conclude that they do not know what virtue is, and that the answer is not within them. So how is it possible to teach virtue to one another when the real solution is unknown?

“Divorce” by Allan Bloom is about how divorce has a lot of negative impacts on people, especially children. Children grow up inspired by their parents, looking up to them for most of their childhood. Divorce not only causes the child to lose faith and trust in them, but also to not have anyone there to depend on. Children highly depend on their parents for help, whether its for school or just daily tasks. Marriage should be treated as a sacred ritual, that’s why divorce is a very immoral thing to do.

Both Plato and Bloom talk about searching for something. Plato talks about searching for a solution inside of you, while Bloom encourages careful search for their significant other. The solution is always inside of you that are why whenever someone repeats an answer; you go “AHA!” People don’t search hard enough for their soon-to-be husband or wife; they just go and marry whoever pleases them. Just like how the “journey is the best part”, it is also the most important. People should not just jump to conclusions and assume things, they should search inside of them for the correct answer, and then will they only know the true meaning to something. People should not just jump into marriages or relationships, they should search for someone who fits them dearly, someone who can take care of them, not someone who they will get sick of 4 years into their marriage then ask for a divorce. Searching not only brings you to the best solution, but also prevents wrong assumptions.

Jumping to conclusions, or marrying a complete stranger can have serious consequences. Without searching carefully for the right answer, but instead put down a random one, you are obviously hurting yourself because you know that the answer is wrong. Without searching carefully for the right person, but instead marrying anyone who is “pretty”, you are not only hurting yourself but also that person, and maybe your future children if you decide to have them. You will have no one to blame but yourself. The answer is within you, if there is no answer, the question is invalid. The right person is out there waiting for you; all of the lonely people in the world are only lonely because they gave up searching for that person, not because that person isn’t out there. Both authors basically agree that searching for the right thing is the most important and is required for the correct answer. Jumping to whatever kind of conclusions will result in harmful consequences.


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