Barack Obama is the Platonic philosopher king we’ve been looking for for the past 2,400 years.Micah Tillman, July 10, 2008. Tillman is a lecturer in philosophy at The Catholic University of America.
Plato argued that without a philosopher king there could be neither happiness (V, 473e, VI, 500d-3) nor personal perfection (VI, 499a-b). Therefore, none of us will attain the four excellences required for true unity — each of our souls will remain internally divided, broken (IV, 441c-d, 443c-e) — until the philosopher king arrives.
Thus, Plato wrote:[W]e have to fix our souls – our souls are broken in this [city-state]. . . .Or was that Michelle Obama?
. . . [The philosopher king is] the only person in this race who has a chance at healing this [city-state].
Oh. It was Mrs. Obama. Either way, it works. Mr. Obama will fulfill the Platonic prophecies.
But he’ll do even more. He won’t just heal our city-states and souls. He won’t just bring the Heavenly Kingdom — dreamt of in both Platonism and Christianity — to earth. He will heal the earth itself.
And that, my friends, is taking the philosopher king to the next level. Only a Christian Platonism could predict what Obama will do.
We might say, then, that Obama is not only post-partisan and post-racial, but post-Platonist. The context in which he lives, moves, and has his being may have been first designed in the 300’s B.C.; but it was radically re-designed in the First Century, A.D.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
DISCLAIMER: further investigation leads us to suspect that Tillman may not necessarily believe what he claims. Despite his lack of faith, we think his argument sound.