Allegory Of The Cave In Essay

Length: 2 pages Subject: Black Studies - Philosophy Type: Essay Paper: #77830189 Related Topics: Plato, Interpersonal Relationship, Object Oriented
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However, once the enchained individual is set free, we could assume that realizing his own potential could make him wiser than the person who originally helped him.

Another interesting idea that Plato introduces through the allegory of the cave states that all of us can become "superior" through a process of training which evolves a lot of effort and dedication. I agree to the fact that all people can overcome their own condition if they will it and they submit themselves to a process of hard work oriented in this direction. However, I believe that not all people are endowed with the same capacities and talents. Therefore, regardless the hardship of the training process or its efficiency in terms of progress, it is impossible to have a world of all "superior" people at the end.

On the one hand, there is always room for more, regardless of the high state of knowledge and...


Can we really conceive a person who has accomplished all of his potential ? What percentage of the brain do people use? On the other hand, since the process of self development is heavily based on one's will, can we really state that all people will to develop themselves under the circumstances in which the process involves self knowledge and pushing one's limits (in other words, it is painful).

The material regards all the physical entities which can be possessed. One might argue that "having" a lot of things is one of the keys to happiness. I believe that when it comes to happiness al though the material is important, the spiritual is fundamental. It is on the spiritual that the very appreciation of the material depends on. Let us take the example of interpersonal relationships. The other may be "material" in the sense of flesh and blood, but the relationship is fuelled by something else. Whether we like it or not, the material and the spiritual are strictly connected and man must find a balanced way…

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