Allegory of Cave

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Throughout the history of mankind, civilizations have always been run by a leader or a kind of figure to govern over other people. These leaders usually emerge due to their superiority over others, in factors that may include strength, wisdom or even experience. However, does this mean that they’ll be the best to assume the role of ruler? Not according to Plato. Plato was a philosopher who felt that successful leaders must emerge through a process to achieve enlightenment. He uses The Allegory of the Cave to further explain his ideas. In the Allegory of the Cave, Plato explains to us, the notion of “the cave”. This cave resembles the environment around us, in which all existence that we know of, belong to. In this cave, there are several prisoners who are shackled so that they may only look forward. Being in this cave for as long as they can remember, this appears normal to them and does not even think looking backwards is possible. A bonfire is placed behind the prisoners and even farther is a pathway leading out of the cave. Objects are moved in between the bonfire and the prisoners, casting shadows of the object on the wall in front of the prisoners. When the prisoners see these shadows, they name the object, as if they were real, and not just a mere shadow. This resembles us, trapped in a society where we know nothing beyond what is shown before us. Plate continues on, explaining that a single prisoner was to be liberated from his shackles, allowing him to see behind him. This resembled the beginning of the process in which strong leaders emerge from. As the prisoner is exposed to the real objects casting shadows on the wall, he is confused, realizing that the shadows are not reality. Then, the prisoner will see the light given off by the pathway leading out of the cave, and feels repelled by it, as his eyes have been adjusted to see in the dark all his

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