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Allegory Of The Cave Essay

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PLATO'S ALLEGORY OF THE CAVE (FROM PLATO'S "REPUBLIC", BOOK VII, 514a-c to 521a-e)

[ Note : interpolated comments in green ]

And now, I said, let me show in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened : -- "Behold ! , human beings living in a underground den, which has a mouth open towards the light and reaching all along the den. Here they have been from their childhood, and have their legs and necks chained so that they cannot move, and can only see before them, being prevented by the chains from turning round their heads. Above and behind them a fire is blazing at a distance, and between the fire and the prisoners there is a raised way; and you will see, if you look, a ...view middle of the document...

"To them", I said, "the truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images". "That is certain." "And now look again, and see what will naturally follow if the prisoners are released and disabused of their error. At first, when any of them is liberated and compelled suddenly to stand up and turn his neck round and walk and look towards the light, he will suffer sharp pains; the glare will distress him, and he will be unable to see the realities of which in his former state he had seen the shadows; and then conceive someone saying to him, that what he saw before was an illusion, but that now, when he is approaching nearer to being and his eye is turned towards more real existence, he has a clearer vision, -- what will be his reply ? And you may further imagine that his instructor is pointing to the objects as they pass and requiring him to name them, -- will he not be perplexed ? Will he not fancy that the shadows which he formerly saw are truer than the objects which are now shown to him ?" "Far truer".
[ COMMENTS FROM WEBMASTER : Plato wrote the text two thousand years ago, at a time when almost everybody around him was neutral. Today the situation has changed : everybody around you is involved and artificial synchronicity is the rule. You can read the text considering "auric death" - which is an illusion - as an "error", but never the "linguistic prison" itself. Remember : their brainwashing is not an "interpretation" of yours. The intention of speculating over your brain is concrete and exists. And your perception field is blocked. If you have any doubt about it, take a look respectively at the sections Cynical euphemisms for their brainwashing and Controlling your perception field. ]

"And if he is compelled to look straight at the light, will he not have a pain in his eyes which will make him turn away to take and take in the objects of vision which he can see, and which he will conceive to be in reality clearer than the things which are now being shown to him ?"

"True", he said. "And suppose once more, that he is reluctantly dragged up a steep and rugged ascent, and held fast until he's forced into the presence of the sun himself, is he not likely to be pained and irritated ? When he approaches the light his eyes will be dazzled, and he will not be able to see anything at all of what are now called 'realities'." "Not all in a moment", he said. "He will require to grow accustomed to the sight of the upper world. And first he will see the shadows best, next the reflections of men and other objects in the water, and then the objects themselves; then he will gaze upon the light of the moon and the stars and the spangled heaven. And he will see the sky and the stars by night better than the sun or the light of the sun by day ?" "Certainly". "Last of he will be able to see the sun, and not mere reflections of him in the water, but he will see him in his own proper place, and not in another, and he will contemplate him as he is"....

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