PoliSci 171 Essay #1 - Isaiah Valmont PoliSci 171 Prof...

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Isaiah ValmontPoliSci 171Prof. Cruikshank October 3, 2019Education in The Republic& The Matrix: Cure or Curse?Education is seen as a light at the center of every functioning society. This serves to be the case in both The Matrixand The Republic. The danger that lies in true education is the power that it comes with; from establishing the order of a particular system to defining justice for said system. It is why Socrates believes in the allocation of power to philosopher kings who then deem what is just and what is not through a unique form of education that differs from that of thecommon people. This compares to the Artificial Intelligence from the machines in The Matrix that citizens are set into by default because agents believe they are incapable of handling the real world and its truths. Within Plato’s Republic, it is implied that people are willing to waive their personal freedom so long as they are stable, meaning their basic needs are met. Because of this Plato makes evident this idea of specialization. This means that everyone in the kallipolis has a role to fulfill and they must do just that. Architects for example, should have no concern learning politics because it would disrupt the flow of Plato’s productive society. To remain just in Socrate’s eyes, everyone must remain in their lane. This idea serves to be a pillar of political justice for Plato that brings simple cohesion to the kallipolis. One also learns by this though that the people of the kallipolis are being deceived, blinded, and lied to. These particular individuals are said to be “in a cave”. In the cave citizens are chained together looking at a wall of shadows. They fail to realize that what they see is not a true reality. The shadows are a reflection of
activity behind those in the cave. There is a fire outside the cave and objects passing in front of itserves to be the shadows cast on the wall that uneducated citizens are blind to. They accept these shadows as reality when in actuality it is only a mere reflection of it. Those who understand that they are looking at a wall of shadows (a deceptive reality) are able to turn around and leave the cave. Those who turn around and walkout are unbound and unchained to conformity. These sameindividuals soon control what those in the cave perceive to be reality.

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