Allegory of the Cave

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The two qualities that come to my mind when I think of a leader are knowledge and experience. In The Allegory of the Cave , the people that have been chained in the cave their whole lives have not experienced anything but illusions. Since they have only seen illusions, they believe that what they have seen is true, and therefore have no knowledge. This means that the people of the cave have neither characteristics of a leader. In order for someone to go from the darkness of the cave to the light outside, they would have to experience pain. This experience of change is the type of experience that is found in a leader. The light that hurts their eyes at first is the knowledge and truth of the
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Unformatted text preview: world. The only person that could possibly lead someone out of the cave is someone who was in darkness but now has seen the light. Because only they would know that the goodness of the change from darkness to light is worth the pain. Also, how can someone who has never seen the light lead others to it? That is why we look to somebody who has experienced what we are to trying to do or see to lead us. In this case, that “somebody” is a person who has ascended to the light of the upper region and experienced pain....
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