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After reading Platos cave several times I learned that every time I read it I gained a completely different interpretation You can relate all of the different symbols to any aspect of life and still have a clear understanding of what Plato is talking about My first interpretation of the cave was the world as the cave The world is a cave to most of society We are chained to the wall because we only know what we have been taught We havent had the urge or desire to venture out into the world to find our own theories and conclusions We are satisfied with the way things are that we have no intentions of stepping outside your comfortable secure world The light might be the driving force that intrigues your curiosity enough to break away from your daily routine and venture out in the world to find something better for yourself The wall actually does symbolize the screen for the puppets The reality of the real world is beyond that wall As you are chained inside the cave you are a puppet relying on what you have been taught instead of finding out what you might learn beyond that wall or in the real world In the story it talks about men being bonded I believe we are bonded until you venture out on your own and test everything you have been taught and know first hand for yourself that in fact it is a certainty That is when you become unbounded After the man breaks loose from the chains and heads in the direction of the light To learn of new and different ideas that might be out there He later returns to share his new understandings and to find out that the others arent ready to hear what he has to say They get very upset and even talk about killing him Sometimes people dont want to hear what we have to
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