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Can the enlightenment of new found facts and knowledge change an individuals perceptions of what they currently believe to be true The answer is yes In the past we have seen many instances where this is true One of the most noted refuted theories was the belief that the world was flat People saw that the sun and moon were disc shaped so it was believable that the earth was too Because this idea was so widely accepted it created a fear to explore and to see what other amazing qualities that the world had to offer It wasnt until peoples started to become more enlightened that they were able to think more critically and question the truth of their reality This is a theme that can be seen when reading Platos Allegory of the Cave or watching the film The Matrix Both Stories follow a similar path which leads to enlightenment It teaches us to have the courage to stand outside our comfort zone and question our so-called reality Its the truth that gives a person knowledge Knowledge then turns into understanding Understanding leads to enlightenment which gives a person the confidence to take action and change their realityThe Allegory of the Cave is a story of prisoners inside a dark cave who have been chained and restricted from movement their entire life The only thing that prisoners have ever seen are shadows that are projected onto a wall by a fire and puppets that are burning and moving in the back of them The dark cave symbolizes a false reality and the shadows can be interpreted as false notions The prisoners believe that the shadows are real This belief is ironic because shadows have no real substance This false reality creates an obstacle for the prisoners to fully understand the world that really exist outside of the cave They know
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