Relating To Plato's Allegory Of The Cave

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From an early age, we are taught what is right, what is wrong, how to act, and how to live by societies standards, whatever society one may belong to. Most people don’t question why things are the way they are and even if they do they still turn a blind eye to the truth and go on living the life they live. However, what if I were to say the life we live and are made to believe in, is just an illusion mankind created themselves? Reading Plato’s Allegory of the Cave caused me to pause and reflect on how much truth and knowledge we are actually lead to believe, even in today 's society. From our education system, religious and cultural beliefs, the workforce, and more. In this short essay, I will be writing about my personal thoughts about the “system” and how it relates perfectly to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.
The first point I would like to address is our learning system. From a very young age, we are placed in a room with other children learning the exact same material, the exact same way, from a teacher who was also taught the same exact way when they were younger. To me, this is society’s way of “manufacturing” their future working adults. Everyone is expected to learn the same way regardless if they learn better a different way or not. There is a
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We are made to believe certain things and when someone reveals a different truth to us we are quick to get defensive and not believe the other person until an actual truth is shown. Just as Plato describes dragging the people into the sunlight from the cave. Just as the light is hard to adjust to so is the reality of the world. So many people stay in the dark and “chained to a wall” their whole lives because it’s all they know. They do not realize there are puppeteers in the background pulling the strings and even if they question they disregard their
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