How we were deceived and came to be
in this hypnotic state,
ignorant of our true reality,
and trusting that all is as it is meant to be.
It elucidates how we trusting humans are so certain that what we experience with our five senses is real; and why we doubt—even feel threatened by—those who challenge our beliefs about what IS.
Narrated by Orson Welles
Plato described the problem of the barriers to humanity’s access to knowledge over 2,000 years ago.
Plato ... considered one of the founding thinkers of Western thought ... why isn't this selection from his writing taught in every school.
Instead, history books refer to it and make it sound so complicated that only a PhD in philosophy can figure it out.
In fact, this is not the case.
This is the actual text straight from Plato (translated into English) and read by Orson Welles.
Nothing complicated about it—but very illuminating—which is why it’s not taught in school.
Plato imagines a group of people who have lived chained in a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of the cave entrance, and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. According to Plato, the shadows are as close as the prisoners get to seeing reality. He then explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall are not constitutive of reality at all, as he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the mere shadows seen by the prisoners.