We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I'm pleased to see you pose the question. People pretty much ignore philosophy, but each of us has one regardless of whether or not they can put it into words. In fundamental terms, people either believe the world around them is knowable, or it isn't. They either believe they are competent to deal with reality, or they aren't.
Plato wrote a lot of things that, at first, ring true. His "Allegory of the Chariot" for example. But really all you need to know is that he thought men should be ruled by "philosopher kings"...you know, our "betters". Sound familiar?
If life really is just an illusion and man is incompetent to deal with reality, as Plato believed, then how is one to survive? Obviously, one would a guide - a shaman or a dictator (usually both) - to tell him what to do. In democracies, once the public starts believing they are helpless, they will always elect a "strong leader" to guide them. That should sound familiar as well.
I am not a huge fan of Aristotle, but Plato was an airhead. As snopercod said, Plato lived with his head in the clouds and wanted us to be ruled by the intelligentsia. Yeah, that hasn't worked out so well...from Kennedy to Obama. I will pass, thanks.
Then the Irish are saints and the Scottish devils.
Melampus the Seer
I am of the Mosaic persuasion - or as Jonah said to his pagan fellow-travelers:
'I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who hath made the sea and the dry land.'
... and that's really the dividing line:
Either you define yourself and others in the context of Judeo-Christian monotheism - which leads to inalienable rights, transcendent human worth, personal responsibility, and fundamental brotherhood and equality among men - which lead further to democracy, private property, and free trade in goods and ideas...
... or you are a pitiful, power-hungry neo-pagan who has latched on to the gender/class/ethnicity tribalism of the Left - or its "white lives matter" mirror image on the Right.