The main point of Allegory of the Cave is change and adaptation. Sometimes we see change as a bad thing; however in the end the change can also be a good thing. “There are better things ahead than what you leave behind” (C.S. Lewis). Plato made his point when he envisioned the prisoner’s freedom. The prisoner will now face the unknown as known reality. The freedom that he now has is a big change in his life. He now has to decide if this change will enlighten or unenlightened him. He appreciated what he saw. He started enjoying his freedom and realized what he had been missing in his life. I truly agree with Plato. The multiple meanings of this allegory can be perceived in many ways from wanting more knowledge in our lives, to not being able to accept positive changes in our lives.
The prisoner developed friendship with the other prisoners. Therefore, he decided to go back into the cave to share his new experiences and knowledge that had he learned outside the cave. His freedom was mocked by them, as they didn't know. This is an example of change for the remaining prisoners. They are indifferent in the face of their ignorance. Change to a lot of people is hard to swallow, especially if they've been the same way all their life. One of the reasons why is because of the fear of not knowing. Most people have a comfort zone and they are afraid to get out of it and try different things.
I was 15 years old when I first moved to United States from the Philippines. The move from my birth place to a country that I never been was a huge change in my life. I had to learn how to adapt to the American culture. I was grateful to have come here as there are plenty of job opportunities here. If I were to stay in the Philippines today I probably wouldn’t have the same opportunities there as the job market is very limited to people who has Masters Degrees.
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