Plato - Matthew Ferris 2nd 10/19/06 Plato As Plato would...

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Matthew Ferris 2 nd 10/19/06 Plato As Plato would feel, we are living in somewhat of a virtual reality like the Matrix. This comes from Plato’s “Allegory of the cave”. In this he believes that people our being blinded by their senses and by just believing what they see and feel. This is what has happened to the humans in the Matrix. They lived their whole life in a machine but they relied so heavily on their sense and didn’t want to think or believe that it could all be a lie. As seen in Matrix and as Plato states in his Allegory about a person trying to explain the truth, “Wouldn’t they all laugh at him and say he had spoiled his eyesight by going up there?” This is along the lines of how it was explained to Neo, to teach him why they can’t tell anybody about the Matrix. This caused the humans to be trapped until they were able to be freed and shown the truth. As Plato’s would relate our reality to the matrix in his allegory; we would be the people in stasis (the people in the cave), are senses would be like the matrix (the fetters), and he would be like Neo (the person taken to the surface). We would be the people in stasis because we really on are sense and are hesitant to believe just what others tell us. We also a firm in belief that everything around us is real but as stated in the Matrix, “If you never awake from a Dream. How can you ever know the difference between the real world and the dream world?” In this way we could be in stasis and not know it, just like the humans in the matrix. Our senses would be like the matrix (the fetters in the allegory) because they deceive us and keep us from learning the truth. This is much like the matrix does for the humans in stasis. It creates a reality that keeps the humans occupied. With them occupied, they don’t search for the truth and just believe what they have always known. As stated in the allegory “While he is still blinking- not yet accustomed to the darkness around him, but compelled to struggle in law courts or elsewhere about shadows of justice… and
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Plato - Matthew Ferris 2nd 10/19/06 Plato As Plato would...

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