Are we or are we not the prisoners?

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Are we or are we not the prisoner or our own conceptions? In the cave allegory, Plato describes the human condition as a type of blissful ignorance. I agree with Plato that we are prisoners of our own belief. In this essay, I describe my own opinions and issues to answer some of the questions. The first question that I would like to discuss is, Are we prisoners to our own beliefs and notions of truth? I believe that we are prisoners to our own beliefs because since childhood different beliefs and notions of truth have been imposed on me through family, friends, and society. After being an adult, even though I came to find out that many of these beliefs are not real, it makes me wonder sometimes if it were real, would I be any happier. For instance, when I was child, my family told me that Santa Clause is real and will make my wish come true on Christmas. For years I believed that Santa was real and every Christmas the gifts I received were from Santa. Eventually at the age of eight, I realized that there is no such thing as Santa and the gifts I was receiving were from my family and friends. I still remember that for next couple years I believed in Santa and his gifts. Another good example is when a person believes that their wish will come true when they see a shooting star. However, I know making a wish while seeing a shooting star has no importance, yet, I believe in it because that is something I have always done since childhood with my family and friends. It is believ...
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