Plato 's Allegory Of The Cave

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According to Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”, our ability to understand certain things comes with restrictions. Our perception is certainly one of them. How we react to situations and what we see is a topic that’s subject to many debates. On the other hand, realism works around a ‘fact only’ basis: it favors the literal truth and practicality rather than creativity.
There is an evident difference between transforming reality and changing the way we perceive. When we change (or transform) reality, an action that affects many other than ourselves takes place. We change something that people already have a different viewpoint on, and would promote a larger irregularity when discussing the matter at hand. When we transform the way we perceive it, we are forcing ourselves to alter the way we see reality and try to cope with it in a different manner than before. The effectuated change will only modify our viewpoint on it without disturbing anyone else.
For this reason, we can say that our beliefs, character and situation are behind the thoughts that create our reality. French philosopher Henri Bergson used to say that “The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend”, hence: our perception of reality is greatly obscured by outside forces. Our interpretations of reality are extremely complex and subject to considerable molding from outside pressures such as feelings, added knowledge or every day conversations that shine.
On the contrary, the philosophy behind the…

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