I remember so vividly, sitting in my critical thinking class during freshman year of college, analyzing Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. In the allegory, Plato describes prisoners in the cave who have been chained since birth, and have lived their whole lives facing the back wall of the cave. They only see images of objects that are cast on the wall from shadows of a fire behind them as others move the objects. It isn’t until one of the prisoners is forcefully released from his chains, kicking and screaming, thrown into the world outside of the cave that he sees light, flowers, water for the first time, and experiences the beauty that was hidden from him his entire life.
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