Plato's idea of the Good, an external form, is the absolute form from which all forms manifest. And as such, values are objective, says Plato, and a moral gradient exists wherein actions can be said (and judged) as to whether they represent true representations, or false ones, of the Forms.
Plato's thoughts on issues of life:
- On death/philosophy: Philosophy is the art of dying. Philosophy itself is the medicine for the soul. The goal of philosophy is to separate the soul from the body. And in doing so, philosophy prepares man for death. Death also brings about recollection of the Forms when the soul part existed among the gods. Death released the soul back to heaven.
- On Justice: Exists when each part -- i.e. in the city-state, or within the soul's cardinal virtues -- does its own part/job.
Both; and in no small degree.
(Western Philosophy, John Cottingham, p. 17)
Person 2: Oh Plato! The things you say!
Person 1: Guess what? My leg hurts because I bruised it! (Laughs)
Person 2: You don't say Plato?
Ralph: No, it's a Plato that I wear primarily for luck.
Among Plato's many innovations are orders for doctors to kill thoughtcriminals seeking medical aid and total censorship of any art that isn't watered down kitsch designed to brainwash people into absolute conformity. Without a doubt, this asshat truly put the dick in dictator. Just say no to Play-dope.
Socrates: And so it follows that you must suck my cock for all time, does it not?
Socrates: Crimethinkers unbellyfeel Kallipolis. Vaporize doubleplusungood oldthinkers.