PLATO ON: The Allegory of the Cave

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  1. Allegory of the HOAX…it's about how people live their lives under the control of the news media believing everything they see on tv as reality…they watch things like 9/11 and Sandy Hook and the Boston Marathon Bombing and they think they are directly in-touch with the purest form of reality.. then one day one of them watches a 'no-planes used in 9/11' video on YouTube and he awakens from a slumber and is able to instantly tell the difference between real news and fake news. When he goes to tell his family and friends about his revelation they turn on him and call him a conspiracy theorist. Only the truly enlightened can understand this.

  2. Apparently the kids in the comments section don't seem to realise that this allegory was an attack on empirical knowledge, so this would include modern science.

  3. I love this Allegory. Plato and Socrate are one of my favorite classical thinkers. This allegory has always been my train of thought for as long as I could remember being a young teenager growing up.

    Here's my interpretation of this analysis/allegory. From what I understand from the deconstruction from what my professor also conveyed to me but also my own sense of perspective. Keep in mind that an allegory contains more than one meaning, one being literal, second being the metaphorical and figurative meaning. Also keep in mind that my thought process may evolve over time as I learn, improve, and ascend my own truth. I hope this helps or at least sparks and resonates with your curosity and wisdom for you. 🙂

    The Cave being the mind, but also the disillusionment of our society, we're all trapped in this dark and unknown world that we think is absolute, we think we know what we know because we're basically programmed since we were young to think, act, and behave as society wanted us to. We're molded to watch the shadows on the wall thinking that's all there is to our lives, that's all life is.

    The puppet masters, which they haven't mention in this video – the people who control the shadows with the use of "fire" are the ones in power of society, the ones who convey what they want to convey to the public, to get them think however they want us to think. They have a taste or being closer to the light have a taste of the light from the small opening of the cave. (Light represents enlightenment or a source of truth.)

    The person who gets out of the cave experiences a source of absolute truth beyond the cave. Being our of the cave represent being out of society, the false and disillusioned world we live in. The Sun being the source of all life. In many cultures, the people believed that the Sun was "God". The idea is that the sun was the source of absolute truth or the universal law that remains constant. The shadows being the absence or "image of an image" of reality of an idea. The idea is the actual tree being reflected in the cave. Thus seeing the real idea is closer to the truth than the shadow itself.

    Being closer to the truth experiencing with one's own eyes. In the actual story, when the philosopher comes back, they find him to be crazy, and they would kill him if he attempted to drag the prisoners out. Meaning that people in society, not seeing the "light" will condemn the one who knows the truth because it's absolute insanity to them.

    Keep in mind that this story represent education in society, one must find this education from the truest of sources. to become a philosopher who seeks the constant truth.

    The metaphoric or figurative one is that, one must transcend above the realms of ideas, forms, images, and illusion not in the physical world or the sensible realm, but the intelligible world, being the world of knowledge and wisdom. The go beyond what we know.

    And I believe that many people have got to this point. Look at the greatest leaders of history and see if they realized this. Goodluck philosophers. Seek the absolute light.

  4. Aristotle's 'cave' would be reality. He would give you a flashlight and tell you to look around. We can't get out of the cave. This is much more in keeping with the idea that there is nothing in the mind that is not first in the senses. Very Kantian, too.

  5. I have a hard time believing this allegorical tale was just that. With some of the stories that have withstood time, I genuinely believe that, perhaps, this tale could be a very real experiment that took place. Especially when juxtaposed with the supremely unfounded experiments that were conducted in the late 19th century and early 20th century in the pursuit of science and health.

  6. How do you know you're outside the cave? The allegory implies a dichotomy—in or out, educated or uneducated, right or wrong—but life isn't so easily split up like that…

  7. How come every one of these ignores the 'rigorous steep ascent' that the first person (Socrates) had to ascend to get outside? It's the initial discovery of the fire, then the light that can be seen above that makes him ascend. It's getting the others to take on that challenge that is part of the problem of saving the denizens of the cave. Passing over that casually is huge.

  8. "Truth is nigh-Omnipotent, nigh-omniscience, and nigh-omnifarious. It exist everywhere, but it doesn't exist. You cannot define truth, but you can define false. You may ask yourself what's true, but that's only your perspective, nothing is true, nothing is false. Equilibrium is all. evil doesn't exist, Just doesn't exist, coincidence doesn't exist, there is only the inevitable; Truth." -Some random 14 Yr old on YouTube

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