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The analogy of the cave teaches us that in life people only like to believe in what they can see.

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´╗┐The analogy of the cave teaches us that in life people only like to believe in what they can see. This is presented to us when Plato describes the man re-entering the cave, and the rest of the people inside not believing in his ?greater knowledge?, the ?truth?. Plato then goes on to explain that this is because the man is describing to the people something that they cannot see, and therefore cannot believe in. This analogy can also be connected to the nature of life today. There will always be someone above us (more authority), much like the government for example. We are the ones the government can control, or as Plato puts it ?the ones they keep chained?. The government controls the media, this gives the government the opportunity to control what we see on the news, radio, in the paper etc., this essentially controls what we see going on in the world. Much like the shadows Plato described being cast against the walls of the cave. ...read more.

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Only once a person decides to question things rather than just accept them is when he is able to leave the ?cave? and discover the real truth. The analogy overall teaches us that truth is never something put in front of us to see, but is something we must discover ourselves through life and asking questions, not everyone discovers the same truths as others, and some people are happy believing in the truths of shadows and nothing more. The analogy connects to religion in many ways. Peoples religion is usually determined by what their parents believe in, and any other religion is simply believed to be untrue. This connects to the analogy of the cave, as the people in the cave can be seen as a family (they have their own religion). When the man re-enters the cave having been shown the truth about ?another religion?, he is immediately dismissed and everything he says is thought to be untrue. This to me shows that the analogy is there to teach us that our religion is hugely based on what we have been shown by our family and older generations, and not by what we truly believe in. ...read more.

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In my opinion the analogy of the cave teaches us that people from different cultures and/or religion,or even just families have different views on what is good and what is bad. The cave and the people in it could be seen as a culture for example, when somebody leaves that culture to enter another, i.e. leaves the cave; then everything they experience outside the cave will be different and some things may even be considered bad. For example there is a culture that after a person dies it is customary to eat the body, to us this would be seen as wrong but to them burning a loved one after death would be seen as disrespectful. In the analogy Plato teaches us that there is a difference between good and bad for us, and good and bad for somebody else. This then presents the question, is there ever bad or good? If somebodies good is another persons bad and another persons bad is another persons good, then this shows that anything is purely down to opinion. Overall the analogy of the cave teaches us that there is no difference between good and bad, and that it is just down to interpretation. ...read more.

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