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The unexamined life is not worth living In The Apology Socrates relates that the most important goal in life is the improvement of the soul We should search others our environment and ourselves so that we may come to a better understanding of the world The Parable of the Cave tells of the journey that Socrates was trying to relate in that each person is faced with different realities as we travel to try and reach the intellectual world This journey of enlightenment draws close parallels to another piece of literature by Robert Frost In his poem The Road Not Taken he describes how he felt as he came upon the fork in the road and chose to take the road less traveled and that has made all the difference The use of life as a journey is nothing new to literature but with Plato and Frost both show that this journey is not easy and there are many choices along the way that we must make that will determine the quality of the life we will leadThe main factor that drew me to the Parable of the Cave was the way it described our journey through life It begins by telling us that the reality we initially see when we are chained down in the cave is nothing more than an illusion This is true in my own life in that I was told by my parents what was right and what was wrong without questioning the reason behind it They kept a chain of sorts around me so that I was not harmed by all of the realities of the world at once but rather gradually introduced to them as I grew up As we are released from bondage our reality is immediately changed When we first look toward the light we will suffer sharp pains as we try to adjust to this new reality that is suddenly thrown upon us The bondage
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