What is Real: Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

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Video – If you were born inside of a box, will the truth of the outside world ever enter your mind?

Considered one of the greatest philosophers, Plato asked just this sort of question in his famous Allegory of the Cave. Imagine a group of people born in a cave, chained by their necks and legs, facing the back wall. The only things they can see are shadows caused by a fire behind them. And since they’ve never seen the actual objects, they think the shadows are real. But what would happen if one of the prisoners were to be set free? When he turns round and he sees the fire, will he know that the shadows are a lesser copy of reality? And when he eventually leaves the cave, and sees the sun and nature for the first time, how would his mind react?

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