Philosophy of Plato's Cave

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Who am I in the Cave? First of all, what is the Cave? The Cave is a philosophical work of Plato, an allegory, where we are depicted as being imprisoned by our bodies and vision. In the Allegory of the Cave, Plato touches on the idea of what would occur if people suddenly encountered the “light of the sun,” and perceived “true” reality. In other words, what would happen if people accepted philosophy and become enlightened by it? In the beginning of the Allegory of the Cave Plato represents man’s condition as being “chained in a cave,” with only a fire behind him. He sees the world by watching the shadows on the wall. He sits in darkness with the false light of the fire and does not realize that this way of life is wrong. It merely is his life — he knows no other. Plato next envisions what would happen if the chained man were released and let out into the world. Plato describes how some people would immediately be frightened and want to return to the cave and their familiar existence, whereas others would look at the sun and finally know reality. In the Cave, I feel the common prisoner best represents me. These prisoners are a symbol of life before we are fully "educated" according to Plato's ideal. As an undergraduate student, I feel that I have not nearly reached my educational potential. I have much more to learn and experience, and I am yet to understand “true reality”. In accordance with Plato’s allegory, as a prisoner I feel I would unquestionably embrace the sun upon release. As a released prisoner, I have no doubt that I would amass knowledge and adapt to the light of “true”
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