Unformatted text preview: Rewind to 2400 years ago, there was a man, whom we today know as the Greek philosopher Plato, who understood humans very deeply. He knew that all human beings are averse to change. He knew that human beings are comfortable living a known, shallow life. He knew that they believed in and were so dependent on the norms and ethics of the society that they would never be able to survive without them. So, even if at some level they felt that the norms were not in accordance to what they believed in, they never questioned them. Through allegory of the cave symbolism, Plato brings to light all these traits of human nature i.e. walking a known path rather than leading a life full of obstacles and challenges to find the "real truth". To simplify this philosophy topic , given below, in short, is the allegory of the cave summary. Understanding Allegory of the Cave Humans are Prisoners in a Cave According to Plato's allegory of the cave , the way we perceive things around us and the way we lead our lives, is actually not the "truth". We , the way we perceive things around us and the way we lead our lives, is actually not the "truth"....
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This note was uploaded on 02/01/2012 for the course ECON 131 taught by Professor Dfsfddsf during the Spring '11 term at Université Paris 12 - Val-de-Marne.
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