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Confusion plagues everyone in the world. Daily people are subject to struggles that involve them being confused and allow them to not fully take in what the world has to offer. Confusion simply put is the "impaired orientation with respect to time, place, or person; a disturbed mental state." With that said it is evident that many things a susceptible to confusion, and being confused. When reading Plato one cannot
help to be confused, some confused on the general meaning others confused on the actual wording. Either way Plato is a difficult book to follow, and the way it is written definitely makes is far more confusing. But what is confusion is it just something that we need in order to understand something, if there was no confusion would we ever learn anything? Are we confused because we don't want to learn? Is it just that the brain cannot
always take in various issues or topics? In the case of Plato I believe that for better understanding one needs to be confused in order to really get what the true meaning of the book is, and through reading, thinking and getting help I believe that one can fully comprehend Plato to its fullest.
"We speaking of carrying and we speak of being carried, of leading and being led, seeing and being seen"(Plato 437). A line like that can surely cause many problematic situations to readers because of the way it is worded and really makes it that much harder for the brain to take in, rather than if it was worded very simple and did not require much thought. That I think is what makes Plato sink in better, because if one has to look back and read a certain part over again numerous times, it will only make it become easier to understand and comprehend for a future reading. I believe in my case the high levels of confusion found me looking back and reading it a number of times, and also asking more questions about the book, thus giving me a much better perspective and understanding of the text. That makes confusion a very useful tool in order to gain a much better understanding of a text. Although confusion is not intentional, it is involuntary, and in the case of Plato much confusion can be found, and much understanding can be gained from that confusion.
We don't intentionally confuse ourselves, I don't think it is possible for one to intentionally confuse themselves if they already know the material.
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When confusion sinks in while reading one finds themselves giving up or avoiding the text fully. But I think that it is better to read it fully and be confused about it, rather than just giving up. Because when reading it some things are gained, and the ideas and thoughts are surely there, they just need to be unlocked with the help of the teacher and discussion. As an example if someone if truly confused and decides to speak in class about an idea they thought was right, but is completely wrong, that person can be disagreed with in discussion by another student. And the true meanings could be found from other ideas that another student that is not confused may have. I think that discussion and disagreement can lead to rid someone of their confusion because people that are not confused are included in the discussion and what is said can make someone's thoughts become full and flow better.
Lastly, much can be gained from confusion, in the case of Plato a higher level of understanding can come in the wake of confusion, and by being a confused person reading Plato one can surely use the tools and resources to fully understand the text much better. That can be the other reason why we are in school, we go to school because we are confused, we take classes to rid ourselves of confusion, and generally come out of school with a much higher level of thought and education. It is evident that humans do no readily admit to being confused, but I think that most people are really confused about certain things, and that could only lead to much more understanding to be gained, it is just a matter of accepting being confused and accepting help. Confusion allows us to dig deeper and read in between the lines making various things much more understanding. Although I was confused much with the text of Plato, I know that discussion on the text will definitely help me gain the edge on Plato, and allow for true comprehension.