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In a dark cave the prisoners sat, awaiting the next shadow to appear which to them was the reality of life. It was all they knew. The puppet masters held up shapes against the fire behind the prisoners.
This carried on for a while, until one of the prisoners was set free out of the cave. The light was blinding and the colours were vibrant. It was a shock to see that all she had been seeing so far were shadows of the real objects.
The prisoner went back into the cave to tell her friends about the truth. She begged and begged for them to come outside with her, but they didn't want to. They said to her that this was their truth, and there was nothing else to life but this.
The escaped prisoner decided to go outside by herself and live the truth. She couldn't believe that she hadn't realized what life was really like until now.
The story of Plato's cave is based on perception and shows that our knowledge is gained through our senses; we don't know anything different than what we've experienced. In order to have real knowledge, we must gain it through philosophical reasoning.
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