Analysis Of Plato 's ' Allegory Of The Cave '

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While reading Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” I immediately saw similarities to a major life-changing event from my past. The life I was living was a cave that I did not even know I was stuck in. This life culminated in pain and suffering for myself and for others, yet it also facilitated the process of letting me find true freedom within myself. Through education and self-reflection, I was able to pull myself out of my cave, and now I work to bring others out of their caves as well. My cave was quite simply me not taking control of my life. I lived in a perpetual cycle of going with the flow, never really making an informed decision, and truly only striving for fun, no matter the costs. While in this cave, my view of the world along with my role in it was skewed to say the least. I did not know that the actions I was taking were affecting my life, and more importantly, the life of my family and friends. I did not understand that, as stated in Newton’s Third Law, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” (The Physics Classroom, 2015), which in this since, I interpret as karma. I was living a life bound for the grave and I was taking everyone else down with me. I used and abused everything in my pursuit of fun. This included drugs, money, and sadly people. I seen everything as an outlet for fun, and if I could not find a fun use for it, I would walk away from it. This caused me lots of needless pain, and more importantly, it hurt those who cared for me. Then

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