Allegory Of The Cave By Plato

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It has been said that children must study history in order to prevent future generations from making previous mistakes. Similarly, many influential people and organizations use the models of successes from the past to help them predict future successes. If this idea is taken to the extreme, people are afraid to think outside the box or bring a radical idea into play. One can accuse the contemporary media of this behavior. In “The Allegory of the Cave”, an excerpt from the Republic, Plato puts forth various ideas about the concept of conformity versus individuality. Referring specifically to paragraph 29 of the allegory, Plato points out that those quickest to follow are those most likely to be rewarded. Despite the pressure to conform to dominant ideas and styles of society, Plato concurs with Homer, eifhf, whom he quotes in the passage that creative and free thinking is the ideal to aim for. The most egregious example of conformity in thought and action occurs in countries without a free press where the government controlled media has complete power in presenting ideas deemed permissible. The ultimate type of conforming is the “thought police” in George Orwell’s 1984. The Grammy awards honor the best music entertainment in America. In contrast, the Grammys appear to represent an ideal closer to that which Plato believed is best. There are winners in so many different genres of music: rock, hip hop, rap, country, etc., where artists are recognized for talent and creative products that are so distinct from each other. This rewards individualism in music and encourages free expression. Since music lyrics are often a reflection of important issues in society, thinking “outside of the box”
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