Dwie Judha Satria - Chariot Allegory

Artist: Dwie Judha Satria
Project: Animalia

The third post in Dwie’s series on horses in myth and legend. Here are part1 and part 2.

In the ancient Greek philosophy as written in Phaedrus diaoluge, Plato (through his mouthpiece, Socrates) used a horse to share his view about the two sides of human nature.

In his Chariot Allegory, Plato tells us about a mission of a charioteer towards heaven. The chariot is pulled by two horses, the white horse always follows the charioteers instruction, while the black horse is the opposite, and always attempts to thwart the journey. The charioteer’s role is to control his two horses and to accomplished his journey.

the value in this allegory is in it’s reflection of life. The heaven representing the truths that we want to achieve in life, the charioteer representing our fundamental thought, the white horse represents the harmony, and the black horse represents temptations, and our impulsive nature.

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Originally posted 2013-07-15 11:12:18. Republished by Blog Post Promoter