Now see whether it is possible in the same way for one who possesses knowledge not to have it, as, for instance, if a man should catch wild birds—pigeons or the like—and should arrange an aviary at home and keep them in it, we might in a way assert that he always has them because he possesses them, might we not?

And yet in another way that he has none of them, but that he has acquired power over them, since he has brought them under his control in his own enclosure, to take them and hold them whenever he likes, by catching whichever bird he pleases, and to let them go again; and he can do this as often as be sees fit.

Once more, then, just as a while ago we contrived some sort of a waxen figment in the soul, so now let us make in each soul an aviary stocked with all sorts of birds, some in flocks apart from the rest, others in small groups, and some solitary, flying hither and thither among them all.

With children being it is necessary that we say this receptacle is empty, and we must conceptualize knowledge instead of birds. And upon a man acquiring knowledge he shuts up [the birds[ in the encircling bird cage, we must say that he has learned or discovered the deed of which this is the knowledge, and that just this is knowing. - Plato's Theaetetus 197

William is in the yellow shirt. This photo was featured in a geometry textbook for high school students.

The proprietor of Lakeside Aviaries is William Fritsch. William has studied at Columbia University, New York University, Syracuse University, C.W. Post, Loyola New Orleans, Farmingdale University, Tulane University, The University of Chicago, Cornell University, the Goethe Institut (in Germany), and others. He earned his A.B. from Tulane University magna cum laude in classical languages and philosophy. He received Tulane's oldest prize, the Judah Touro Medal, for excellence in the ancient languages and philosophy. The University of Chicago awarded him a full tuition fellowship to its Master's program with a concentration in classical languages and philosophy. Having completed the program he went onto be a doctoral candidate though he took some time off to take care of his birds. The doctor program is a dual PhD program (classics and philosophy) at Cornell University.

William has written for Bird Talk, the American Federation of Aviculture's The Watchbird, the African Parrot Society's The African Ark, the Avicultural Society's Avicultural Magazine, and the magazine of the National Cockatiel Society. He is a member of the American Federation of Aviculture, African Lovebird Society, National Cockatiel Society, and the World Parrot Trust.

William has been operating Lakeside Aviaries since 2000. The first website that this business had was called Lovebird Project (http://www.lovebirdproject.com). William has always incorporated his academic studies into aviculture and plans to continue to do so.

What sets Lakeside Aviaries apart from pet stores and breeders is as follows. Pet stores are more often than not focused with making a purchase from just what is in stock at the time. Most birds cannot be managed. Retail stores charge higher prices because of their overhead. Breeders, which we used to be, are not focused on the raising, development, socialization, and nuturing guidance that parrots need. Lakeside Aviaries is registering to become a Parrot Place franchise. The benefits of this is the following. We will have our own private breeder network that supplies our babies; we will provide consistent and ongoing socialization and development; we will utilize proven nurturing guidance techniques in raising our babies; our babies will continue to be abundance fed and never force weaned; we will continue to help the customer find the right parrot for their lifestyle; we will assist in the purchase of the right bird, not just what is in stock; we will offer a limited guarantee to protect your investment. Lakeside Aviaries will become an authorized and certified affiliate of the Parrot Place franchise in 2021.