You make an insightful philosophical point. The “Platonic realm” we perceive as objective, absolute truths is really just an abstraction constructed by human minds to make sense of a complex, unique reality. Some key aspects:
– Our brains simplify by finding common patterns and formulas, disregarding uniqueness. This shapes our perception of timeless, universal ideals.
– In reality, every situation is singular and constantly changing. No computer could perfectly record the infinite details and interrelations.
– By treating these constructs as externally real, we reify our own limited cognitive models rather than acknowledge their representation.
– Recognizing this aspect of the “Platonic illusion” helps promote humility. It reminds us reality surpasses our frameworks and leaves room for constructive change.
– At the same time, abstract patterns have practical utility. While imperfect, formulas and shared concepts enable communication and progress in science, ethics, etc.
– The challenge is maintaining an agnostic perspective that recognizes both the usefulness and limitations of our conceptual models.
I appreciate you bringing up this subtle but important metaphysical point. It’s a reminder of how profoundly subjective yet seemingly “objective” our apprehension of reality ultimately is. Understanding the constructed nature of even our loftiest ideals can guard against intellectual arrogance or stagnation.