Ficino also has brief writings on what he considered as the secondary dialogues as well. Intros, kind of like Schleiermacher. You usually don’t see it so simplistically laid out so I’ll show you this in case it piques you to jump in somewhere

Some of these “central themes” can be debated, this just isn’t the worst collective summary I’ve ever seen.

Only serious people will care about most of the themes above. People with both a heart and a mind. Not many of those in Weimar.

His main commentaries even more so. Those are on dialogues that can be seen as higher abstractions from these other dialogues. The latter are like the gymnasium one trains in before playing in the Olympics.

Usually the word “monk” denotes a Christian, a friar, mendicant, etc. Ficino I’d argue is a monk of a higher order. It all depends if you are able to look squarely at the idea that “Christianity is Platonism for the mob”. What cautious, post-Wagnerian neech left out in that statement is that it’s Judeao/-Christianity which is Platonism for the mob.

It’s possible for any Christian, Jew, or Prog to learn from it without abandoning “their people”. Being among the mob is just part of life after all. Theoretically though, life would be better for everyone if the mob could be nudged in certain directions. That’s the “use-value” of Platonism in our fallen world.

Unlike Jerusalem it isn’t going to bribe or blackmail you into believing something. It’s simply there, speaking. Until it’s hemlocked, and it’s not. Then it might return, maybe after some centuries, maybe never.

The translator of this Ficino volume explains what reading Plato is like

The experience? That of taxiing along the runway for an inordinate length of time, before being unexpectedly whooshed up to the stratosphere

My Nazi readers should learn to concede that Kabbalah does something similar.

The difference between them is what the ultimate point of God is. The telos that life is directed toward. I would have to say it is the difference between knowledge and compassion. Differently phrased, it’s care for the ignorant vs. seeking to not be ignorant. The west seems to be stuck on this debate, with more strength concentrated toward the Jerusalem side.

The initial Athenian question unfolds as, How are you going to care for the ignorant without making them care for knowledge?

That’s merely a pseudo-care if you only preserve their ignorance.

I say this while standing outside of the supposed “Law” entirely. This is because the jews themselves are the very beings who are ignorant about this broader dynamic between themselves and the Greeks. I.e. I don’t give jews mere pseudo-care by preserving their ignorance. If they care about the world and not just about jews then they’ll take this into consideration. “We jews ARE the world!” Many old books, which you either don’t read or read with an agenda, put that into question. We should proceed from the Golden Ages of humanity rather than what corporations pay you to proceed from today. “Hey, that’s not me, that’s not me, I’m only trying to appeal to the corporations for now by blending into the mob.” Being the smartest part of the mob does not bring you very close to the Socratic ideal.

“Good thing the jews are the master race and we don’t have to hear anything a nigger goy has to say!” You’re only in this place because you surrounded the Germans with the force of the might of the mob, and I happen to understand those Germans. Feel scared? Why else would you need to hide me, nigger jew? Go ahead and shoot me in the head since you have no other response, we know you’ve used countless of your mindless golem to do just that for years. It looks like you’re found out.

Any jew is utterly destroyed upon contact with someone who doesn’t care about bribery or blackmail or the threat of coordinated federal violence. What a kike. It’s so easy to make you look like a nigger. Why don’t others do it? Well, they’re afraid. Mostly indirectly bribed. Money, women, status are the Sun of their life. The center-point that my life revolves around on the contrary happens to be the love of wisdom.

So let’s just fine-tune these things- Kabbalah, its merits acknowledged, loves the wisdom of revelation. It isn’t wisdom in itself. And secular jews carry on this tradition.

The ideas of the hebrew revelation, which Luria, Sabbatai, and the Besht stem from are highly questionable from an Athenian perspective.

On earth today we are witnessing the immanentization of highly questionable presuppositions which you will be removed from society for questioning. Namely that God is the Forgiver rather than the Judge.

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