I do not know Plato in person, I do not know how he was in the past… but there is something that strikes me: many complain about his way of expressing himself… Michael. I hope you don’t mind me saying this here, but as I read your statement regarding Kumar Francis practice/views I really was shocked at first. I thought: “WOW. HOW AGGRESSIVE. I can not stand this… this can not be Taost virtuous behavior expressed…”
What I always have to remind myself is, is that just because someone writes or says something in a certain way DOES NOT MEAN that that is him/her. There is a difference between being what one says and choosing to say something with a purpose without necessarily being it.