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Groth 1 Devyn Groth Cornell AP Lang 10 December 2017 “Allegory of the Cave” Nature of Rule An enlightened person is mindful of his health in a physical, mental, and emotional way. They fully understand the nature of the world and have direct perception on a spiritual and influential level. These individuals do not have any conflict with recognizing the difference between appearance and conflict. As Plato describes, a political leader who understands the worlds truth and is enlightened will have a successful rule. By looking at Plato’s essay, “The Allegory of the Cave”, one can see that virtue, wisdom, and advantage contribute to the nature of rule, which is important because it allows political leaders to be enlightened and perceive the truth. If a leader expresses virtue and incorporates it into all actions, it will create a society of honesty and enlightenment for all civilians instead of being surrounded by lies. Plato gives an example about how people are stuck in a cave looking at shadows, avoiding them from detecting the truth and a human body. Through this allegory, he explains if one person escapes the cave and becomes enlightened, they should go back and tell the remaining prisoners, so they know the truth. Plato describes how a leader should be turned to right and moral desires, instead of evil and stingy impulses. For example, Mahatma Gandhi was an Indian nationalist leader who lead the nations independence movement against the British colonies. He accomplished freedom through speaking softly and never using violence to gain civil rights for his fellow Indian
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