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Platos Myth of the cave is an argument that we cant be sure we know reality This story illustrates Platos idealism The objects we see hear touch are shadows of the real things The reason is human beings dont have a full sense of a real and complete life because of the world In this story Plato use a dialog between a teacher and student it describes a group of prisoners chained inside a cave sit behind a fire they cant see each other or the nature of reality or the heavens only able to look forward The fire casts shadows on the cave wall which they see and it is the only reality they know They cant truly comprehend what they see as they are prevented from its true source and nature One day one of the prisoners having managed to free himself from his chains escape from the cave and see the truth He will at first be blinded by the brightness of the world But after some time and effort he will be able to see anything that resembled what he knew as reality before He will be able to see the entire world around him and appreciate the beauty of the world Through this knowledge he will become aware of his place in the world Finally he goes back again into the darkened cave to tell the people still chained up in the cave about the real word outside Accustomed to the outside world full of nature light the rescuer in the darkness of the cave and looks foolish to those inside The cave dwellers laughing at him for his crazy ideas and insist that they are perfectly happy where they are They would not believe and would ridicule him and if they could lay hands on him they would kill him However the prisoner would know what is right even if all those around him disbelieve it In Platos Myth
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