Brothers & Sisters,
In the above passage, Augustine begins to show his understanding that not only are we as humans, fallen in nature but we also need to plumb the depths of our very being to live a good life, a life worthy of God. Does this not speak volumes to the fact that as Christian's we cannot indeed live the life that we were meant for until we attain the fire in our hearts that is the desire to be with God and to love him above all things?
Over the past 8 months, I've reflected quite a bit on my relationship with God, why I walked away from my faith 18 years ago, and why every day I tried to push the call to a priestly vocation to the back of my head. One of the answers that continues to present itself is that I wasn't willing to let God into my heart entirely and love Him unconditionally. Once I began to put Him above all other things, let go of my materialistic nature and honestly praise and love Him above all other things several things became apparent to me, all stoked by this new found fire in my heart; our lives are so much more vibrant and ordered when love is appropriately ordered. Augustine speaks of higher and lower loves at length throughout these books, and I find those comparisons invaluable.
Perhaps, in summary, one could take from understanding Augustine's affections for Plato that he realized, even if it was fleeting at the time that we all should want to live good lives to grow closer to that perfect form which in his case was God. Given Augustine's future, one could firmly assume that there was undoubtedly something divine at work concerning the path that he was on, even if he hadn't realized it at this juncture.