The posting yesterday of an intriguing abstract of a leaf’s shadow by seraphimsigrist took me back to Plato’s cave, and the four stages of awareness. They represent a menu of options I may choose from as I labor in my excavation of ancient history, my memoir.
Eikasia: illusions, shadows, reflections.
Pistis: belief in things that may or may not be true.
Dianoia: reason, rationalization, measurement of things from preceding categories.
Episteme: pure thought, appreciation and understanding of why and how things really are.
Plato says the first two are opinion. The second pair constitutes knowledge.
This is turning out to be more difficult than I imagined.