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December 4, 2017
Plato’s Allegory of the Cave: Puppet Master and the Strings
In our societies, today most people live by what is call “social norms”, most people follow these norms and some choose not to follow them. Social norms are certain things in life that everyone does to be accepted by their co-workers, family, friends and even strangers. Some may feel that they have to live by these norms to get through life without being rejected and to be known as a “normal” person, hence the word “norm”. If a person were to stray from this path and just do what they felt like doing and do what made them happy as an individual, would they be criticized? The answer is yes. Reason being, we criticize people for not following the normal path that they should take rather than one that would make them happy. They are so focused on “this is what need to do” rather than “this is what I should do because I am happy” We are controlled in that aspect of not being normal if we don’t go with what is put in front of us.
In Plato’s Allegory of The Cave he describes an example of people conforming to the norm they were born into and then shows the results of a person emerging from this community into a completely new and different world. Allegory of the Cave is a conversation between Plato’s mentor (Socrales) and Plato’s brother (Glauccn) They speak of people and how they are chained to what society puts in front of them. Their population is broken into 3 classes: Slaves, Slave owners, and the Rulers. Specifically talking about one man who has ventured away from the life that society has put in front of him. The man going to find something new and more fulfilling. Being in the cave all you see are shadows, being used to the darkness you can see things clearly. The man who left to find something new, finds the sun. He sees his reflection for the first time and loved how he saw himself. He was happier. Content with life. The Man goes back to the cave. He goes and see the other slaves that where in the cave that he left for the sun. The man tells them about the sun and the outside world. The slaves laugh and say he is delusional, that all that they need is right here, the...