allegory versus devils playground

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David Alexander Carson Medley Idealistically, college is a stepping stone for making men out of boys, unfortunately –like Karl Marx teachings– it’s great on paper, but rarely works. College is the same as high school; it is all about who can cheat the system more effectively. The reason that true knowledge is never gained in college is because it can’t be attained through books and exams. True wisdom is acquired through experience. College is not akin to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave or the Amish “Rumspringa”, contrary to popular belief they are equivalent. College doesn’t seem to work as seamlessly as Plato’s Allegory of the Cave , mostly because people don’t knowingly move through their life in stages of enlightenment as in Plato’s dialogue. The time period of college is meant to prepare young adults for life outside of the sheltered environment of their childhood. They make decisions and inevitably fail. It is the failures that are strangely absent from Allegory of the Cave , the closest allusion to failure is when Plato says, “And if he is compelled to look straight at the light, will he not have a pain in his eyes…” (Plato 2). The story never says how it is people come to an enlightened state, only that they see something and are immediately informed about life and all it beholds. College is the time for unprecedented growth,
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