Ignorance In Plato's Allegory Of The Cave

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"Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil." -Plato (427 BC - 347 BC) In developing critical thinking skills and the attainment of broad knowledge, children are given the chance to succeed in life. As they wade through the pages of life with the ability to be critical thinkers in their bag full of life essentials, they also come to find that happiness is not something they have to work for. It is through the indoctrination children receive in childhood that they find the bridges to their goals broken and unable to be met. Children are indoctrinated in different ways by their parents, caregivers, teachers, and the occasional friend much like the prisoners of Plato's Allegory of the Cave found in The Republic. Even though not literal…show more content…
The Allegory of the Cave begins anew. Their children mock them and claim that they are ignorant and thus the allegory overlaps itself until the next generation escapes the cave and starts a new cycle all of their own. Allegory of the Cave is a good way for us to relate our lives to the lives we choose to lead today - and more so how we choose to parent our…show more content…
Exposing children to a broad set of experiences is paramount with regard to their development on into adulthood to become productive members of society. The focus of a child's development and how they will react to any given mindset is extremely important. It is even more important than any dogma based on fear and insecurity whether that is rooted in religion, societal norms or cultural assignments. If parents allow thier children to remain metaphorical prisoners, they will grow up to continue that destructive cycle. Flexibility is the key to molding children and if we give the ancient philosophers their due, they too, can give modern day civilization a hint as to the appropriate level of teachings and experiences that we as parents, caregivers, and teachers give to our

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