The Allegory of the Cave is also known as the Analogy of the Cave, Plato’s Cave, or the Parable of the Cave. It is an allegory presented by my favorite Greek philosopher Plato in his work “Republic”.
The Allegory of the Cave is presented after the metaphor of the Sun
Plato described a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire behind them and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. The shadows are as close as the prisoners get to view reality.
The allegory of the cave illustrates our nature
He then explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall do not make up reality at all, as he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the mere shadows seen by the prisoners.
Some prisoners have been held in a cave since childhood. They are all chained and they can only stare straight ahead at the cave wall. A fire burns in the centre of the cave behind them and casts shadows onto the walls. The shadows they can see are cast by various animals and plants, on the other side of the fire. The prisoners play games,naming the shadows, and when the they hear respond,the prisoners believe it is actually the shadows who are speaking. The prisoners,being unable to turn around,mistake the shadows and the voices for the only reality.
Be brave, curious and strong enough to face changes and unknowns with arms and mind wide open
What would happen, if one of the prisoners was forced to stand up and turn around? He would be blinded by the fire,which he would at first take to be less real than the shadows to which he’s been accustomed to for so long. Eventually,once the prisoner has realized the enormity of what he has experienced,he will understand that the world he has lived in for so long was unreal,with the greater,true reality…
It is a reality to which he can gain access,but first he must be brave, curious and strong enough to face changes and unknowns with arms and mind wide open… The prisoner then goes back into the cave and tell the other prisoners about what he’s seen and found out. But they believe they are better than him because he can no longer see the fine details in the shadows and they have not seen this “outer world” for themselves.
Today – most people are prisoners in the shadows, just like in the story
Don’t be afraid too look up at the Sun. To escape your cave. To try something new. To make first step towards something or someone, to changes, new discoveries or opportunities… Never stop questioning, searching, discovering…
Who searches, finds.
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