The Allegory Of The Cave : Human Life Is Adversity Important In Development

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According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary adversity is defined as “a state or instance of serious or continued difficulty or misfortune.” People often think of adversity as something life-changing like a disease, bankruptcy, or the loss of a loved one however adversity is really any situation that is difficult to the person experiencing it. Adversity is essential to development, can bring forth new opportunities and skills, can allow people to learn how to accept help from others, and can push people to become better. Adversity is essential in development as one must learn to assess situations, attempt to fix problems, and become dependent on one’s self. At birth, adults immediately care for babies to make sure they are fed, get enough sleep, and are protected from harm. As they grow up, parents begin to encourage independence having their children try to walk and talk without help. These first attempts often end in failure but as they practice these skills become an essential part of their lives. Eventually all of these skills will build on top of each other and allow people to go from depending on their parents for everything to having a child of their own to take care of. Human life is a series of guess and check as people try to figure out how they are supposed to be living their lives. The only way one is able to grow is to push themselves past what may be comfortable in order to improve. The Allegory of the Cave is a famous allegory written by Plato describing a

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