The Allegory Of The Cave Essay

1416 Words Oct 27th, 2016 6 Pages
People were put on this earth dating back to 1 to 2 million years ago. Since those days we have managed to create civilization, make advancements in language, and in education. One thing that has failed to be accomplished is being able to coexist in total tranquility. It may be unattainable, but strides can be made to get closer to this goal. Although the understanding of the purpose of life in the “Allegory of the Cave” is simple, it provides a meaningful outlook on how to live: one should achieve knowledge and as their duty, share it with others. In the Bible, however, the meaning of life is to serve God and help others. This is clearly shown through Moses and the Israelites. This paper will analyze both of these writings and discuss how they align with my own understanding of the purpose of life. Although it is great to attain knowledge, its essential to go the extra mile and use that knowledge to inform others eventually bringing about change. In book VII of Plato’s The Republic, “Allegory of the Cave,” Plato explains that the meaning of life is to gain knowledge. In this allegory, prisoners that have been locked up their entire lives facing a stone wall, only seeing shadows and hearing voices. Then one prisoner is suddenly freed and experiences light, stars, water, and life for the first time and is amazed. Plato then describes the denial of the prisoners when writing, “He will be unable to see the realities of which in his former state he had seen the shadows; and…

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