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Platos analysis of the truth through The Parable of the Cave is an effective valid tool to help us analyze our own life and ultimately find the truth He did this by first analyzing his own life and the fetters and bearers who used shadows to keep him from reaching the roadway to wisdom It has proved to be an effective assessment not only when he was alive but even up until today The parable symbolizes mans struggle to reach understanding and enlightenment and is a universal and everlasting concept Plato used the bearers in his parable to symbolize people who control what we see and do people who hold us back from using our full potential to decide what we want to see for ourselves An example from modern society would be TV producers or record label executives ultimately they decide what songs we will sing tomorrow and what shows we will watch They limit us by allowing only what they want to reach us and penetrate our minds and lives The fetters were what kept the escaped prisoner in the parable from turning his head and seeking his own truth as well and new things They kept him from being able to control what he saw for himself The naming of objects was another hindrance because it only caused prejudging and encouraged a closed mind The fetters bearers and naming of objects make it harder to find our own truth although it is not impossible As Plato knew then they exist in everyones lives Humans have to travel from the visible realm of image making and object naming to the intelligible invisible realm of reasoning and understanding The Parable of the Cave symbolizes this trek and how it would look to those still in a lower realm The things our senses perceive as real are just shadows on a wall Just as the escaped prisoner ascends into the
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