ONT Re: Verities Of Likely Stories
VOLS. Note 3
| Again, if these premisses be granted, it is wholly necessary that this Cosmos
| should be a Copy ['eikona'] of something. Now in regard to every matter it is
| most important to begin at the natural beginning. Accordingly, in dealing with
| a copy and its model, we must affirm that the accounts given will themselves be
| akin to the diverse objects which they serve to explain; those which deal with
| what is abiding and firm and discernible by the aid of thought will be abiding
| and unshakable; and in so far as it is possible and fitting for statements to
| be irrefutable and invincible, they must in no wise fall short thereof; whereas
| the accounts of that which is copied after the likeness of that Model, and is
| itself a likeness, will be analogous thereto and possess likelihood; for as
| Being is to Becoming, so is Truth to Belief. Wherefore, Socrates, if in our
| treatment of a great host of matters regarding the Gods and the generation of
| the Universe we prove unable to give accounts that are always in all respects
| self-consistent and perfectly exact, be not thou surprised; rather we should
| be content if we can furnish accounts that are inferior to none in likelihood,
| remembering that both I who speak and you who judge are but human creatures,
| so that it becomes us to accept the likely account of these matters and
| forbear to search beyond it.
| Plato, "Timaeus", 29B-29D.
| Plato, "Timaeus", R.G. Bury (trans.),
|'Plato, Volume 9', G.P. Goold (ed.),
| William Heinemann, London, UK, 1929.