Socrates's story of the cave is too often seen as a tale of hopelessness, like that of Sisyphus, who must roll a stone uphill forever. It's actually meant to be an urgent call for serious moral philosophy, because we can't stay in our cave forever.
I've spent a lot of time in and around the beautiful city of Charlottesville, Virginia. It's a special place, and it's not surprising that it was voted the happiest city in America by the US National Bureau of Economic Research three years ago. It's a university town with a mellow, dignified ambience, nestled nicely near the Shenandoah and Blue Ridge mountains.Main Image: