Living in a Communist Dungeon Was Like Living in the Plato’s Cave
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Living in a communist dungeon was like living in the Plato’s Cave
In Plato’s book, the Republic, in a story that the ancient Greek philosopher shows to his student Glaucon, by using an allegory of peoples that are condemned to live in a cave for all their lives, the philosopher shows how people can be deceived by many images that they see from the distance and when they have not enough information to judge them. The life of the people who lived in the communist Eastern Europe during the second half of the twentieth century resembled very much with Plato’s prisoners. Isolated from the rest of the world, often misinformed about what was going on behind the iron curtain, they were deprived from understanding what was going on with the rest…show more content…
While many others did not even bother to understand and explain why people in the West were richer and happier than us. But what everyone wanted, was to escape from the communist dungeon and flee in the rich, rich West. However, when many East Europeans finally went to Western Europe after the collapse of communism, they did not find the West that they had imagined before. The West had its own problems. Its economic success was based in the high discipline and hard labor of its citizens. There people were also working as we in Eastern Europe and it was not a Paradise as we had imagined it before.
When the people of Eastern European faced the reality of Western Europe after 1991, many of them were disappointed. Like the people in the Plato’s cave, they understood that many things that they had believed and imagined before traveling to the West, simply, were not true. That means that the allegory of the cave exists where ever you go and will exist until the people will be able to unchain themselves in every regime and in every situation around the