The Philosopher and the Company
"Then wisdom everywhere makes men to have good fortune. For wisdom, I suppose, could never make a mistake, but must always do right and have right fortune, or else it would not be wisdom any longer" (Plato, Euthydemus, 280a)
"The one who is to be happy must not only get possession of such good things, but also must use them, or else there is no benefit from having them" (Plato, Euthydemus, 280d)
"That is why, dismissing from consideration the honours which stimulate most men's ambition, I shall keep my gaze fixed on the truth and aspire to perfection" (Plato, Gorgias, 526e)
Plato was a philosopher during the Classical period in Ancient Greece. His writings explored justice, beauty and equality, and also contained discussions in aesthetics, political philosophy, theology, cosmology, epistemology and the philosophy of language.
Plato Financial Services takes inspiration from Plato in a number of ways. Plato was deeply concerned with ethics. He thought that ethics, knowledge and the good life (eudaimonia) were inextricably connected. To live a good life is to seek knowledge, to do one's best, to act honestly, and with goodness as your primary end. To do this also requires humility, because while it is indeed possible to know many things, wisdom comes from understanding the limits of that knowledge. It was for those kinds of reasons that his teacher, Socrates, famously declared that his renowned 'wisdom' only really consisted in his awareness of his own ignorance. In other words, he did not claim to know that which he did not know, and in that respect, he was wiser than those who cover up their lack of knowledge.
Plato Financial Services follows this moral and intellectual guidance, including to pursue knowledge and to always be truth-seeking. This also includes a commitment to our own honesty and humility, such that we would not claim knowledge about things that we do not yet know. That said, we also have the philosopher's commitment to constant learning as well as a love of dialogue with others. More than this, we pledge to prioritise ethics in real and practical ways, including in the work that we do, and the support that we offer. We take seriously the promises that we make, and recognise that good financial advice can make all the difference to your chance to live a good and fulfilling life. According to Plato, an expert in any subject seeks to make goodness their priority by focusing on accuracy and holistic understanding, among other virtues, and then to share this knowledge with others. We trust that you will find us consistent in our promises, and these values present throughout our practice.
Plato Financial Services places a big emphasis on treating customers fairly and providing the right advice and solutions which benefit you both in the short and the long term. We pride ourselves on being active listeners, understanding what make you tick and communicating the sometimes complex nature of finance and insurance in a manner which you’ll understand clearly.