The Myth of Gyges and The Allegory of the Cave, Several Paragraphs on Philosophy and Education

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Education 1) The Myth of Gyges and The Allegory of the Cave was made up by Plato. According to Saunders (2006), the myth of Gyges talks about how a man named Gyges who got a hold of a ring that made him invisible. Since no one could see him he was able to do whatever he wanted without getting caught. The message in this myth is that if everyone had a ring to make them invisible we would most likely do unjust things no matter if we were just or unjust before putting on the ring. According to Cohen (“Allegory of the Cave”), the Allegory of the Cave was about people who are chained in caves. They see shadows on the walls and think that they’re real people and animals but truth is, it’s just puppeteers. They think that it is reality but they have no idea what the real world looks like. The message is that our view of what reality is based on what is instilled in us and we accept what people tell us about reality. To compare these two, they are not real stories but myths that were made up by Plato. To contrast these two, the themes in each one is different. I would rather live in the world that The Allegory of the Cave portrays. I believe it would not be as chaotic as The Myth of Gyges because everyone is chained up and seem to believe in the same thing. Where as in The Myth of Gyges, everyone can do whatever they want without getting caught. To some degree, we all have a twisted sense of reality anyways. 2) The ingredients that make up a good society are justice, freedom and

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