Gourmet Coffee Bar and Live Streaming event this Wednesday

1 Million Cups will be streaming live from a new, exciting venue called Bonfire located at 6104 Johnson Drive in Mission, Kansas 66202 this Wednesday, April 23 at 8:30 A.M. 1 Coffee BarMillion Cups is a weekly educational program designed to engage, educate, and accelerate communities of entrepreneurs. You can find out more info at 1millioncups.com. We will have a coffee bar set up serving some ULTRA-flavorful coffee and will also have bags of our freshly roasted coffee available to take home with you. Come on by and see this cool place, get wired on a cup of our gourmet coffee, and watch the presentation with other cool people like yourself!

 

 

Coffee bar at 1 Million Cups live streaming event

1 Million Cups will be streaming live from a new, exciting venue called Bonfire located at 6104 Johnson Drive in Mission, Kansas 66202. 1 Million Cups is a weekly educational program designed to engage, educate, and accelerate communities of entrepreneurs. You can find out more info at 1millioncups.com. We will have a coffee bar set up serving some delicious coffee and will also have bags of our freshly roasted coffee available to take home with you. Come on by and see this cool place, have a cup of our coffee, and watch the presentation with other cool people like yourself!Coffee mug

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” -Socrates

 

I first encountered Plato’s Allegory of the Cave in my Intro to Philosophy course. There are different translations and commentaries on this Allegory.  However, it reminds me of a time in my life where I didn’t dare to look too deeply into long held beliefs about life and myself. I held my beliefs tightly and defended them instead of being open to hearing another perspective.

The dimly lit cave can symbolize a hazy or foggy perspective and interaction with life.   I remember a time when I didn’t have clarity about who I am in my essence. This foggy perspective of myself gave birth to a shadowy and unclear perspective on life.

The prisoner is set free and given a chance to see that his former way of being was an illusion and is forcefully dragged up to the upper world, outside of the cave, to see the world as it really is. Life can sure be that way, can’t it? Sometimes we get stuck in our outdated and broken perceptions and have to be lovingly shown a better vision of ourselves that is full of light, wonder, and clarity.

After leaving the cave, it takes the liberated prisoner sometime to clearly see the world around him after having been in the dark for so long. This mirrors the inward journey that we must embark on if we are to find our true selves. There is infinite and radiant light within, which once observed, can be blinding or confusing to our minds. We are so used to seeing things one way, that it can feel uncomfortable and take some time to see yourself and your world with a fresh perspective.

I find this allegory to be an encouraging beckon to look beneath the surface of things and to explore the infinite abyss.  Life can be a continual journey of wonder if we have the courage to keep on walking, questioning, and reasoning.  The journey is not about the destination, but about all that you will discover about your Self along the way.  Keep on exploring!

We welcome any comments.  What are your thoughts on the Allegory of the Cave?