I remember so many times during my youth sitting at one convention or another and listening to the speaker rationalize the WT view of the bible and always subtly throwing in a bit of Plato bashing. I've been trying to work this over in my head and then it occured to me that maybe what they obejected to was Plato's analogy of the cave. Just for those of you who don't know..
Plato had an analogy about perception and what reality is without truth and reason. It goes roughly like this...We're all in a cave..maybe like a cave w/seats and we are all staring at the back of the cave. There is also light coming in from the outside and someone behind us as well. That someone is doing the equivalent of shadow puppets which are projected onto the back of the cave and the basis for our perception of reality. It isn't until we look around and see all sides of the cave that we realize there is a way out and "light" out there. As well, we don't see the real reality till we free ourselves of the cave and the puppeteer.
Perhaps it is the case that the WT saw this as a threat in regards people seeking out other views or rreading or going to school. Just something I have been thinking about and welcome your comments.
District Overbeer of the "glad to be out of the cave" class