Plato 's Allegory, And Glaucon, The Second Speaker

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First, Plato argues that humans are vulnerable to false ideas because of the limitations of our senses. This is shown in the conversation between Socrates, a speaker in his allegory, and Glaucon, the second speaker. Socrates explains to Glaucon that the prisoners in Plato’s metaphorical cave are bound to assume that the shadows thrown on the wall, by the fire, are real and that the objects held by the passers-by, along the road, belong to the shadows. “And so in every way they would believe that the shadows of the objects we mentioned were the whole truth.” (Plato, 26). Because these prisoners have relied so much on their senses to make judgements, they have developed a tendency to make false judgments about the things happening around them. Plato believes that the world as seen using our senses has more fake to it than real. As humans, each individual is limited by their own physical abilities, mental abilities, and even social abilities. This is the reason why not all human beings can successfully break records as easily as others. It is also a reason why humans can not answer the question “What happened before the beginning?” or “How did the beginning start?” We are limited by what we see, hear, feel, smell, and taste every day. We are limited by what we are accustomed to because we rely so much on them to provide us the truth and place a kind of belief on it that can not be easily altered. In similar fashion, The Matrix also explains how the mind is susceptible to
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