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The theory of Dimensions In Platos The Allegory of the Cave allows a person to realize that which they already know The situation in the cave is dark and gloomy 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 self-made cave The people that are in Platos cave the prisoners have always been there Their legs and necks are chained and they cannot move They cannot even turn their necks or bodies to look around them The cave is very dark but there is a fire burning in the distance behind them There is a wall in front of them and there are men who are frequently carrying tools and various other objects behind them This creates different shaped shadows on the wall 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 cannot fathom living in such a state where everything is so intangible Some people today like the prisoners know nothing but what is in front of them They have a warped perception of reality If a person only sees and 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 what they see is distorted only a reflection of what is real One example that Plato might use if he were alive today would be sitting in a movie theater The projector would be the fire The movie showing would be the shadows reflected on
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