Why Does Plato Considers Ordinary Human Existence to Thatos Chained Prisoners in a Cave

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WHY DOES PLATO COMPARE ORDINARY HUMAN EXISTENCE TO THAT OF CHAINED PRISONERS IN A CAVE? Plato in his famous Allegory of Cave compared the ordinary human existence to that of chained prisoners in a cave. According to Plato, we are all stuck in a false reality in this world like prisoners in a cave. His cave theory still applies today in the sense that the people are influenced and controlled by the world around them. They do not want to realize or seek the truth; instead they wish to live in the comfort zone inside the cave. THE ALLEGORY OF THE CAVE: PLATO, REPUBLIC. Plato assumed the existence of human life in a cave. In his view, human beings are tied as prisoners in a cave and they could only see the shadows of real things…show more content…
Shadows are fake realities and they make us believe that they are the forms of reality. Several companies cheat the general public by mere advertisements. For example, pharmaceutical industries they produce drugs and they often change the content inorder to make sales and to earn profit. We have to figure out what is real and true. The media especially television and radio telecast only the assumptions rather than on reality. On the other hand, government is hiding everything and the politicians create the atmosphere of fake reality and they never tell the truth. For example, the American government started screening the sites of radio during the Vietman war inorder to hide the truth from the people. Thus, human beings exist in a place which is full of fake realities. According to “consciousness in Advaita Vedanta” by William.M.Indich, ‘form of the good, which is the supreme form of divine reason and thus the highest possible object of knowledge for individual soul or consciousness’. Advaita School of philosophical thought and the Plato’s views considers form of good as the divine form of knowledge and enlightment. In both schools of thought light plays an important role. Reaching or Attaining light is enlightment. In the same book, “consciousness in Advaita Vedanta” William.M.Indich, “light of divine reason in Plato’s analogy not only accounts for the power by which the soul knows but also is the source of existence and essence of forms

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