Read Plato’s account of the Allegory of the Cave and say whether an why you think it is valid today.
There are various ways you can answer this question. In what sense might we be ‘in the dark’ about the world we live in? Are we in some sense collectively manipulated or do we just think we are? Does Plato’s image of shadows on a cave wall bear comparison with the technological screen? Try to provide sufficient evidence in your answer and take relevant quotes from the text. (1500 words)
Reality Perception a question of power
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Comment for the chosen Tao Te Ching text on page 3:
I find this very relevant to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and his conception of a balanced psyche. Plato saw a line between the world of sight (of the sensible world) and the world of knowledge. The Chinese text talks about the five aspects of a sensible world (sight/five colors: green, red, yellow, white, and black; hearing/five musical tones: C, D, E, G, and A; taste/five flavors: sweet, bitter, salty, sour, and pungent) The excess is ‘madden the mind’ as Plato would say that the love of wisdom is scarified by only satisfying our appetites for pleasure
For me also an example that human condition is not a Western or Eastern invention, but truly to the heart of what life is about.
- Lao Tzu The Tao Te Ching, [online], Available from: http://www.dankalia.com/more/taoteching.pdf [Accessed 31 July 2017].