Above the Ignorance: A Blunt Reality
Where does the average citizen get their information on current events dealing with the legalizing cannabis? And from those sources, how many of those are actually credible? Barely anyone realizes that one of the main issues is how incorrectly the mainstream media covers cannabis between Canada and the United States of America. Both Canadians and Americans generally exposed to only mainstream media are not fully aware of the other many topics over legalizing cannabis that alternative media covers. Due to the mainstream media, people assume that a large portion of the cannabis in America comes from Canada, that it is the origin of so much crime, and that it causes long-term health problems; this lack of exposure to the other topics is the public being deprived from the truth of the benefits cannabis can really offer. Most of these citizens are led to believe these opinions and statements that are not all entirely true. Using Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is one of the solutions that can resolve this specific issue between Canada and the United States by following its message of sharing truthful information to everyone to have them educated and to create a better place to live in other than keeping the information for ourselves hindering prosperity. First, I will explain what Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is and clarify why this parable is the answer to this current issue.
Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is in the seventh book of his book, The Republic. The Allegory of the Cave is a parable in a conversation between Socrates and Glaucon. What Socrates is trying to explain to Glaucon here is the importance of teaching philosophy and the sharing of knowledge that is truthful to one another to create a better place to live in or as Plato puts it, a better State. In a detailed summary of the Allegory of the Cave, Plato tells us to imagine a cave filled with people that were born in darkness, shackled from their ankles, legs, arms, and up to their necks fixed to face the wall covered with shadows and unidentified sounds. The only thing they can see, as mentioned before, are the shadows cast by a fire behind them because of the puppeteers moving objects in front of the fire and because they have not seen the actual object, they think the shadows are actually real so begins a narrow, feeble believe. However, what would happen if one of the prisoners were to be released by natural forces and free to leave the cave? When he turns around and realizes the entities in front of the fire, will he know the shadows are a lesser copy of reality? Furthermore, when he actually leaves the cave to experience the sun and the nature all around for the first time, wouldn’t the prisoner’s mind be completely blown by the astonishing figures and entities? After experience a higher truth what would happen to the prisoner if he returned to the cave? Plato states that by returning and telling the other people in the cave about the greater reality outside the cave that he has experienced would threaten their narrow believes, and if they could, they would even murder him because so (Plato 373-376). Throughout the whole myth, we can interoperate some terms as we read. Prisoners in the allegory are interoperate as ignorance or ignorant people, the shadows on the walls as the perceptions and opinions, puppeteers are the exploiters, exiting the cave is the process of learning, the outside world with the sun and nature is true knowledge over the shadows, and the returning to the cave is the removal of ignorance. Plato’s Allegory of the Cave will be the perfect educational apparatus to use when it comes to the national issue between Canada and the United States. How the media covers the topic on cannabis is very ignorant and done without credible sources to support their statements on cannabis that will cause the viewer to stray from the path of truth. Catalin Partenie writes, “…the philosopher should share his philosophy...
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