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In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave we are introduced to a form of humanity shackled in chains, in a form of perceptual bondage.

And in our daily lives we also experience a limiting of our own perspectives.

What would a rescue from Plato’s cave look like today in a world where people are always trying to avoid misinformation and have an accurate perception of the world.

Are there any contemporary figures in the world that have shown us any significant truths, in the current age, liberating humanity from their incorrect thinking?

Think of Energy truths, Environemental truths, Science truths, Food truths, Etc……

Be sure to draw several connections between a modern truth figure(s) and the type of perceptual liberation that Plato writes about in his allegory.

Writing Tasks:

  • Explain the perceptual shackles that are put on the prisoners in Plato’s text. Use several quotes to clarify your point. What do you think Plato was referring to at this time before the common era? Relate the shakles described by Plato to modern examples of people who struggle to have an accurate perceptual understanding of the world.
  • Find a contemporary figure(s) from your generation or your parents’ generation and explain how they have shed light on a significant truth. How has their telling of truth changed modern perception?
  • Draw several connections between the pursuit of truth in Plato’s text and the actions of your chosen contemporary figure(s). Use quotes from Plato and contextual research to support your argument.

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