Am I weird if I believe that Plato was right when he said that everything is the shadow of a form in a deeper reality?
Plato said that a triangle as we see it is not a triangle but only a symbol to help us remember what it is. That before we're born, our spirit is on a plane where we see everything for what it truly is. Everything we see, is just a shadow of its actual form (which is on the same plane as our spirit). He used the Allegory of the Cave as an example to prove his point. The Allegory of the Cave: There were three men chained facing the wall in a cave with a big fire lit behind them and a passage from one end of the cave to the other just in front of the flame. People walked by and held objects up and stated what they were (such as books or cups) but all the three men could see were the shadows of the objects, and that became what they knew. One of the men escaped and came back to describe the objects to the other two men, but they couldn't understand what he meant. How can you explain something to someone who had only seen its shadow? This is what Plato believed and I agree but other students barely understand the concept. Am I strange for this?