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In Platos The Allegory of the Cave he suggests that there are two different forms of vision a minds eye and a bodily eye The bodily eye is a metaphor for the senses While inside the cave the prisoners function only with this eye The minds eye is a higher level of thinking and is mobilized only when the prisoner is released into the outside world This eye does not exist within the cave it only exists in the real perfect world The bodily eye relies on sensory perceptions about the world in order to determine what is reality Metaphorically speaking the cave is a physical world filled with imperfect images This world is filled with distorted images about reality Inside the cave the prisoners believe that the shadows they see on the wall are actual reality Their bodily eye tells them that this world is real because their senses perceive so Plato suggests that the senses do not perceive actual truth The minds eye is not active inside the cave because the prisoners are imprisoned in this distorted world which they believe is reality When one prisoner is pulled out of the cave and into the light it is this sudden freedom that starts the gradual process of enlightenment This sudden freedom opens the minds eye The prisoner will be able to see the sun and not mere reflections of him in the water but he will see him in his own proper place and not in another and he will contemplate him as he is 279 He then begins to understand that there is a reality higher than that which was previously believed There is a concrete difference between the two eyes discussed by Plato The bodily eye lives in the distorted world of sense perceptions the imperfect world which people experience with their physical senses In the cave there were men passing along the wall carrying all sorts of vessels
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