The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Charmides by Plato:|
Or would you say that there is a love which is not the love of beauty, but
of itself and of other loves?
I should not.
Or did you ever know of a fear which fears itself or other fears, but has
no object of fear?
I never did, he said.
Or of an opinion which is an opinion of itself and of other opinions, and
which has no opinion on the subjects of opinion in general?
But surely we are assuming a science of this kind, which, having no
subject-matter, is a science of itself and of the other sciences?