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[242c] lest we may have fallen into some confusion about them and may therefore carelessly agree with one another, thinking that we are judging correctly.

Express your meaning more clearly.

It seems to me that Parmenides and all who ever undertook a critical definition of the number and nature of realities have talked to us rather carelessly.

How so?

Every one of them seems to tell us a story, as if we were children. One says there are three principles, that some of them are sometimes waging a sort of war with each other, and sometimes

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