THE DANGERS OF IDEALISM
Now I want to prophesy to those who convicted me, for I am at the point when men prophesy most, when they are about to die. I say gentlemen, to those who voted to kill me, that vengeance will come upon you immediately after my death, a vengeance much harder to bear than that which you took in killing me. You did this in the belief that you would avoid giving an account of your life, but I maintain that quite the opposite will happen to you. There will be people to test you, whom I now held back, but you did not notice it.
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They will be more difficult to deal with as they will be younger and you will resent them more. (Plato, 1997, Apology,
In the preceding chapters, I have described Idealistic propositions that are often considered good reasons to become an Idealist. I now discuss some implications of this stance that may explain the violent reactions that Idealism has aroused.
I limit myself in situating those implications in the life of Plato; in speaking of Wilhelm Reich, we will see that these implications are always present.