The Allegory Of The Cave

997 Words Feb 9th, 2016 4 Pages
Truth is an abstract concept by which mankind bases all knowledge. It is information that we believe to be indisputably and undeniably accurate. Yet how can we ever prove such information to be true? What about the “truths” that cannot be measured? To insist that something is objectively true is to maintain that it is always true outside of one’s beliefs or perception. However, our experiences, perceptions, and emotions all differ from those of others, and yet we still know them to be a definite truth. That is because in reality, all of the apparent truths that we know, or believe to know, are completely subjective. Truth is ever evolving. As more evidence surfaces and new knowledge becomes available, any once irrefutable truth is susceptible to change. It is impossible for any truth to be so definite that its accuracy is invariable because there is no way for mankind to be certain that all proof has been gathered. As discussed by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato in his short work “The Allegory of the Cave”, truth is limited to one’s education. In his work, humans spend the entirety of their lives living in a cave. With a wall to their front and fire to their back, they are unable move. Their days are spent with their eyes fixated upfront of them, watching figures dance across the wall. To the people in the cave, this is reality. The figures on the wall are all they know to be true. However, if someone were to leave the cave, they would quickly learn that the “figures”…

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