Allegory of Plato's cave

This allegory instructs about the nature of perception. The cave represents superficial reality. ... The shadows cast on the walls represent one superficial truth, which is only the illusion that the uninitiated receive.


This allegory functions as well in security because routine represents the immediate peace of an easily functioning. But the routine kills for 95% of the cases. So, even you are satisfied, always compare ...


Before viewing the sun, men in the cave thought to be happy in the dark ...

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Plato’s "Allegory of the Cave" is a concept devised by the philosopher to ruminate on the nature of belief versus knowledge. The allegory states that there exist prisoners chained together in a cave. Behind the prisoners is a fire, and between the fire and the prisoners are people carrying puppets or other objects. 


This casts a shadow on the other side of the wall. The prisoners watch these shadows, believing them to be real.


Plato posits that one prisoner could become free. He finally sees the fire and realizes the shadows are fake. This prisoner could escape from the cave and discover there is a whole new world outside that they were previously unaware of.


This prisoner would believe the outside world is so much more real than that in the cave. He would try to return to free the other prisoners. 


Upon his return, he is blinded because his eyes are not accustomed to actual sunlight. The chained prisoners would see this blindness and believe they will be harmed if they try to leave the cave.

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