Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The Fake McCoy
The Roy McCoy dialogue was the least enjoyable to read. It was as interesting and thought-provoking as all the others in Plato at the Googleplex, but McCoy’s personality was frustrating. He is an accurate (if dramatic) portrayal of a person who doesn’t listen. All the confusion in the discussion stemmed from him misunderstanding what Plato said. He would hear a sentences and would only pick out some keywords which could be twisted to go along with his ranting agenda. People like him have always been too prevalent and vocal in their societies, venting their aggression in speech.
On of the main points of this dialogue is that people are easily deceived about themselves, especially about whether or not they are happy. McCoy considers himself a success, rich, famous, and powerful. He thinks that that makes him happy. It’s clear, however, that his mind is a tightly sealed little box. After experiencing his abrasive personality and know-it-all manner for a short period of time, it’s clear that a man like him would have a difficult time finding real friends. To have real friendships and relationships, a person has to be able to listen and admit when they were mistaken. McCoy flamboyantly displays a complete lack of either skill. He boasts about his success, but it is quite apparent that his success is empty and alone.
Plato points out that having a good soul leads to happiness. It makes sense. If I am constantly experiencing my thoughts, I want them to be interesting and beneficial, rather than a repetitive roll-call of my vain conceits. If I'm seeking after the beautiful and the good, I get to focus on better things than myself.