How of understanding. He believes people rely too

How
do you know if your falsehoods are not a true reality? The Allegory of the Cave
illustrated to us by Socrates has many meanings. The allegory explains the
effects of knowledge on a person and understanding reality. Socrates speaks of
the dark cave that was filled with people who has never left the cave before.
The people are bound in a way that has forced them to look toward a wall of the
cave. On this wall they have shadows acting out a seen that are shown by the
fire lit behind them. The prisoners watch these stories with belief that this
is life. According to Socrates, people in general rely on their bodily senses
as their main source of understanding. He believes people rely too much on
their sight to interpret the world. He believes the truth is education or
knowledge and we prevent ourselves from seeking this knowledge by relying too
much on our bodily senses. 

The
prisoners have little knowledge and what they think they know has very little
basis in fact; but once the prisoners become “woke” is only when they truly are
free when they gain knowledge of the world above the cave. For the prisoners
and persons who have lived a sheltered life lives a life that is unexamined and
for them seems to be true and believe they have the answers to what they need
to know.

There
is a complex process through which a person seeks for knowledge, and it depends
on the mental capacity of a person as to how much knowledge he can acquire. In
Plato’s Republic, we can see what knowledge does for the man in the allegory of
the cave. In this story the power of the mind that was used a control or reflection
of knowledge was shown by an experience. According to philosopher Aristotle he
teaches us to “learn what ultimate intellectual virtues are and that wisdom is
the highest of all”. Knowledge from Plato and wisdom form Aristotle can be
connected through the achievement of intellect. Aristotle and Plato have
different views on it but it all comes down to the fact that the acquisition of
these leads to an ultimate good in life. The Allegory of the Cave
illustrated to us by Socrates has many meanings. The allegory explains the
effects of knowledge on a person and understanding reality. 

Over
this past semester here at Bennett College I can say that my life has been a reflection
of the allegory of the cave, somewhat in a way in my sheltered life I can say
that I only saw what I was allowed to see. As the prisoners were able to only
look towards the wall in darkness; my vision of how I perceive things is the
same way. My shadows were the reflections of how my matriculation of high
school and life after. Being bound in such a way of education and not chains when
the fire was lit I believed my perceptions of what was instilled into head of
how my life should map out I believed it. 
Only for me to turn around a finally see light for the first time and
question if my visions are a true reality of what I am seeing. With my thinking
being complex and my thirst for knowledge to an all-time low I question if I
would ever become “woke”. Using the term as an analogy when a person is “woke”
he or she is aware of everything around them both political and social knowing
when and how to look through the shadows on the walls. Despite how my visions
once were of my own shadows and that I now know the truth; I still question if
I will remain like the prisoners being mentally bound about the truth of what
my reality truly is?

We
can take Socrates allegory of the cave and relate it to our everyday life.
Knowing the truth, educating yourself and understanding reality are very
important. This wisdom leads us to be able to do well in the world. It allows
us to live our life with less ignorance than the man who does not care to
understand these things. Aristotle explains there is a division in the
soul that produces a rational and an irrational part. The proper reasoning and
intellect give us the truth. Proper reasoning along with intellect allows the
person to make the right decisions. The five intellectual virtues are what allow
the soul to arrive at the truth according to Aristotle. Reasoning makes use of
the intellectual virtues of scientific knowledge, art, prudence, intuition, and
wisdom.