Searching For Truth In Plato's Allegory Of The Cave

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Searching for the truth is very challenging, as the world today entrenched in lies. Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” briefly tells a story about cavemen being chained on most parts of their body, restring all movement including their head, since childhood. Then, he discussed the consequences inflicted onto the cavemen, specifically their perspective towards the truth after being chained for a long period of time in the dark cave, which resembles many events occurring in a person’s daily life. Based on the discussed effects, the author argues that human beings should always seek the real meaning of truth. Firstly, human beings should always search for the real truth because not everything that a society perceives as reality is real considering that some of it might only be the reflection of truth. In the allegory written by Plato, he described a group of cavemen who believed the shadows on the cave walls were the real image of objects instead of the objects themselves due to the fact that they have never seen any other objects besides the shadows in their entire life. The shadows…show more content…
In Plato’s allegory, the cavemen concluded that the sound they heard when the shadows were passing by were actually made by the shadows themselves. They did not realize that the sound was actually an echo coming from the conversation between the persons who played the puppets behind them. Luckily, the conclusions the cavemen reached were only dispersed amongst themselves. If the knowledge had spread out to the outside world, people will start to accept the fallacious conclusion made by them. Thus, this will lead to the downfall of a bigger community until someone realizes the mistake and hopefully, attempts to correct it. Hence, this clearly shows that people need to seek for the real truth in order to prevent themselves from making any fallacious
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