“The power to learn is present in everyone’s soul and…the instrument with which each learns is like an eye that cannot be turned around from darkness to light without turning the whole body.”
The popular notion of knowledge, Socrates reasons, differs vastly from the actuality of knowledge and learning. Education is not academic, it is not the intelligence that institution academia prescribes. In its place, Socrates deduces that knowledge is opening up to the world, in all sects. Those who live in light should journey to darkness, and likewise, so that as a rational individual, one may truly enrich his/her life by knowing what is good and what is inferior humanity.
Plato. "The Allegory of the Cave" Book VII of The Republic, pp. 1132-1155. Plato: Complete Works. Ed. John M. Cooper. Assc Ed. D.S. Hutchinson. Indianapolis, IN/Cambridge, UK: Hackett Publishing, 1997.
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