The Four Idols That Distort The Truth

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The Four Idols that Distort the Truth in the Darkness
In discussions of our susceptibility of delusions and false beliefs, Plato argues that humans can choose whether they want to follow the false beliefs in the darkness, or go into the light by facing all aspects of reality with honesty. Bacon’s argue is similar to Plato’s and Bacon combines the four mistakes of human nature into four different idols. Idol of the tribe, cave, marketplace, and theater. Although Plato and Bacon claim that we are susceptible to delusions and false beliefs, I claim that the truth is distorted by human understanding and people are teaching the distorted truth to other people, so people become blinded when they go from the darkness, the bad, to the light, or the good.
Bacon explains what Idols of the Cave are, and how they lead to a distortion of the truth. “The Idols of the Cave are the idols of the individual man. For everyone (besides the errors common to human nature in general) has a cave or den of his own, which refracts and discolors the light of nature” (Bacon 131). Here, Bacon describes that every person has their own ¨cave” which represents the fault of people. The cave distorts the truth and reality, and this is how false facts come to be. Because everyone has their own cave, one truth is distorted differently by every single person until the truth is completely nonexistent. The human mind distorts the truth even more because person has a different perception on the world. For example,…

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