We All Live in A Cave

The first superstar philosopher was a man named Plato who lived in Ancient Greece. He remains a huge influence in the world today even though most people don’t realize it. If you believe that government can lead us to a kind of utopia, then you believe in Plato’s ideas. Plato also coined the term utopia.

In his book the Republic where he outlined the concept of utopia, there’s an allegory called the cave. It happens to be one of the most insightful things ever written. The video below explains it well. Plato explained how people view reality in a distorted way, they don’t see things as they really are. And if a person who is more insightful tries to enlighten them, that person will be attacked. It’s as true now as it was 2,500 years ago.

The lesson of this story is that people who think they’ve learned the truth need to be patient with people who are ignorant. But also, they only have more information but that doesn’t mean they have all the answers. Being more knowledgeable about a subject does not mean you know the “truth”.

The Cave remains one of the greatest lessons of all time.

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