"Next then, make an image of our nature in its education and want of education, likening it to a condition of the following kind. See human beings as though they were in an underground cave-like dwelling with its entrance, a long one, open to the light across the whole width of the cave.  They are in it from childhood with their legs and necks in bonds so that they are fixed, seeing only in front of them, unable because of the bond to turn their heads all the way around.  Their light is from a fire burning far above and behind them.  Between the fire and the prisoners there is a road above, along which see a wall, built like the partitions puppet-handlers set in front of the human beings and over which show the puppets."
~ Socrates, The Republic

The allegory of The Cave, a most famous allegory, so misinterpreted, so misused.  Plato's Republic and the allegory of The Cave was my first experience with real philosophy and I was immediately hooked.  Socrates taught me that most of what I had learned up to this point in my life was not truth, but sophistry.  Socrates taught me to love the Truth and to struggle to grow in Virtue - two concepts completely absent from contemporary academia.  At Holy Cross College I have been Blessed with the opportunity to grow in Virtue and to grasp for the Truth, more importantly, I have had tremendous guides who have led me along the correct path toward these difficult aspects of life.

This Efolio page serves as a brief summary of the experiences through which I have gained insights into the concepts of Truth and Virtue.  My journey from the depths of the cave toward the light of wisdom are summarized, though imperfectly, through the lessons I have learned over the past four years at Holy Cross College and as a member of the South Bend community here in my Efolio...