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Theory of Dimensions In Platos The Allegory of the Cave allows an individual to realize that which they already know The situation in the cave seems dark and gloomy like a place no one would ever want to go However the reality is that some people are at a point in their lives where that is where they are in their own cave The people that are in Platos cave the prisoners have always been there They all have their legs and necks chained and cannot move They cannot turn their necks or bodies to look around them The cave is very dark and there is a fire in the distance There is a wall in front of them and men are frequently carrying tools and vessels and various shaped objects with them This creates different shaped shadows for the prisoners to view All that they have seen or ever known is what is in front of them a two-dimensional world A two-dimensional world would represent people that only saw what was in front of them Plato said to Glaucon To them I said the truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images One could only imagine never seeing or having any previous knowledge of people or objects only shadows on a wall Like some people today all the prisoners know is what is in front of them a warped perception of reality If a person only accepts what is in front of them they too are living in a two-dimensional world The shadows to the prisoners are reality because it is all that they have ever known They dont know that they are distorted and are a reflection of something that is real One example that Plato might use if he were alive today would be a movie theatre The movie projector would be the fire The film showing would be the shadows reflected on the wall The viewers are the
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