"You will see vastly better than people"

In his Allegory of the Cave, Plato uses his example of the cave as the human experience of acquiring education. A human's escape from the world of the cave is their gaining of knowledge. A superiority is then given to the escapee because the rest are still held captive by ignorance. Plato seems to call for the educated to return to the beginnings of knowledge and asks them to see from the perspective of the unaware. This, he believes, is how great leaders are born. They do not fight over the shadows, but instead understand the truth and how shadows are merely manipulations of that truth.

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.

Charles Gardner

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