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Even in this abridged version Platos fable The Allegory of the Cave reflects the vast wisdom of Plato his teacher and the philosophers of his time The storys meaning and lessons are as significant today as they were then and its inclusion in The Republic is well earned The intentions of Plato in sharing this story seem to be fairly simple As with all of the works that he included in The Republic he is attempting to convey a message that relates to government and leadership I also believe that this story conveys a message to not just leaders but people in general The message that is expressed by this work is that A lie told often enough becomes the truth-Lenin and when someone is convinced of this lie the liar can control them This fable also tells us how what some people believe to be true may be in fact the exact opposite to truth and that people must always be open minded just in case their beliefs are wrong In the story the prisoners are convinced that the shadows they see are alive real and able to speak to them In fact however they are being lied to by puppeteers Because they have seen this lie so many times and because it is all that they have seen for them it has become the truth As such the puppeteers are able to control their lives by speaking to these prisoners as the shadows This lesson becomes quite relevant to todays society It is portrayed in works such as The Matrix and Animal Farm where the characters are lied to but because they hear the lie so often they perceive it as truth In reality we find this message to also be evident in the forms of such things as propaganda in which a message is repeated by so many times that each person hears a relay from numerous sources Eventually because of
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