The Cave Vs Plato

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This paper will compare the attitudes of each character in their respective story. Included will be a reference page for further study. Both stories will be discussed in detail and the author will explain message he/she felt the philosopher was trying to relay to the audience and how their own philosophy compares.

Focusing on the ‘Why’ of all things in existence philosophers are faced with an arduous task of finding answers to the unknown; making philosophy a field of study that is virtually endless. So much so, that many people have given their entire lives in the pursuit of answers to these ‘Whys’. One of these people being the Greek philosopher Plato. In his story ‘The Cave’, we find his characters in chains, forced to look at a single
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Plato felt his teacher (Socrates) thought that Man should not trust his senses because they could be easily deceived (the prisoners believing only the shadows were real). Leading Man to make false assumptions about reality. Socrates prompts the reader to question their own beliefs regarding reality in collusion with his firm belief in introspection. Which he believed to be the only way of attaining true knowledge and not placing trust in our senses. I felt Socrates is very dominant in his assertions, smug even. A philosopher caught up in judging his fellow man because they could not see what he saw. Nonetheless, I feel his assertions to be true, Man can become a prisoner of his perception or led astray through manipulation or hurt by deceit. Socrates makes us aware of how there are two worlds co-existing in the human mind, the material and immaterial (thoughts, emotions, etc). And how he preferred to dive deeper into the rabbit hole, despite finding only more …show more content…
No matter which direction The Brahmin goes in search of knowledge there will be only more questions than answers. How can philosophy, a tool meant to help man evolve, cause him so much discomfort? Is it essential to our lives to experience these pains? Those who do not care to know, are they happier than those who do? I feel The Brahmin (like Socrates) is casting judgment down on these people for what he ASSUMES to be the case. Much of this is an assumption on how more or less knowledge has a direct effect on happiness. I suppose this story (The Good Brahmin) illustrates a possible benefit of ignorance, while Plato’s work ‘The Cave’ shows us the danger. I sense The Brahmin to have settled on a reality where he will never have all the answers. That we (humans) are a part of the grand mystery known as Life. How it is no different than the number ‘2’ trying to understand its role in an

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