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template Page 1 5/7/2009 It is our nature to accept only what we have seen as true. And until we come across new evidence that causes us to shift our opinion of the truth, we haven to base out lives around what we think is true. This is also the case in Plato’s allegory of the cave where he suggests through representations that majority of the public live in ignorance accepting what they are given as the only truth. He continues his argument by saying that we are meant to seek out what we do not have to improve our perception of the world and use this knowledge to rule the remainder of the population so that they suffer less from their ignorance through the wise ones’ good counsel. Finally he ties this argument to the idea of philosopher-kings where kings earn their right to rule by being wiser than the rest. However the concept of being “wiser” than the rest creates a paradox in itself as Plato describes the wise one as the one who knows and is able to comprehend more. But who is to say what the wise one knows is the actual truth? Plato states in his allegory that
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