Compare And Contrast Plato And Allegory Of The Cave

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In the contemporary world , culture refers to something as vast as the distinctive way of life of an entire community. Culture is everywhere and everyone has it; it is the mass of ideas, traditions, habits, stories, beliefs, and perspectives on life passed on to us from generation to generation through literature, language, art, myth, religion, family, and various other social institutions. Plato had many different ideas when it comes to human behavior and philosophy. Some of those things can be applied to today’s society, some of them can’t. Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, which is probably his most famous theory, as well as Krishnamurti’s essay on cultural conditioning of a mind, they both focus on cultural values and living within a culture and can still be seen in today’s society. Plato's Allegory of the Cave is a symbol for the contrasts between ideas and what we perceive as reality. The Allegory of the Cave is that we are chained to a wall. Behind us is another wall with figures walking across it, behind that wall is a pit of fire. The firelight casts shadows upon the wall in front of those chained to the wall. Because we are chained to the wall we believe the figures are what they represent. Plato says there times when one tries to break away from the wall but others encourage him to join back the wall as he experiences what the world truly is. Because we are chained to the wall we are afraid of the unknown. But breaking free could change the perception about the world and feel truly free. Plato also argues that we are the cave slaves. We live in a world of shadows, where we don't see the reality of ideas. However, it is possible to climb out of the cave, to be released from our shackles but it’s difficult. And when we ( s... ... middle of paper ... ...nnot escape it. What is it to be completely free? Does it mean that one can never feel he belongs to any particular country, class, or type of thinking as Krishnamurti writes in his essay. Krishnamurti says real freedom is the outcome of intelligence. We have to be aware we are not free and observe all the things that make us frightened and restricted. We have to search for answers by questioning ourselves and social values. In general, Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and Krishnamurti’s essay on Conditioned Minds are relevant and compatible within todays cultural values and beliefs. After reading these two essays I came to a conclusion that it is only our choice we live in a cave and shadows, or that we are afraid of what will they say. To go out beyond the cave and experience life for real, in my opinion it is people’s choice, and most of us have a chance to choose.
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