A COMPARISON BETWEEN RUMI AND PLATO
Epictetus, the Greek philosopher, likens humankind to slaves who have run away from their masters without permission in order to watch some theatrical play. A wonderful play is being presented on the stage. While the slaves are watching what is being performed, their eyes keep turning back to the door because they are afraid that at any moment their master might come in, and they would be punished. Therefore, they cannot fully enjoy the play. Their anxiety and fear take the joy out of their pleasure. According to this philosopher, the world is like a great theatrical stage. A beautiful and grand play is being presented At the same time, this world is like a museum full of beautiful works. We human beings, although living in this magnificent museum, are unable to examine it minutely. We are unable to penetrate into the fine points in the wonderful works kept in this museum because all of us are too busy with our daily work. We all have duties that we have to perform. We have to make our living, and this causes us to be slaves to life. For this reason we are unable to think about the life drama that is being presented on the stage, the masterpieces around us, and the Creator of it all.