Journal Response #1: The Allegory of the Cave
Plato, the author of this piece, was a famed philologist in 360 BCE. He had none of the information network or the resources available to us today. Nor did he have any idea drastically changed the world could be today compared to his time. Despite all these shortcomings, after reading his piece, I could relate almost every one of his words to people today and society as a whole. I wonder why that is. How can someone who was born so long ago, a world far apart from ours know so much about us? Back then, gods were real to the people, the moon was a distant, holy relic and much of the world was unknown. Today, we have lots of scientific knowledge, the stars are no longer beyond our reach and we can accomplish feats impossible to even consider back then. But, I believe the reason that Plato was able to write something we can relate to today is because that basic human nature has not changed. Sure, we may have become more civilized, our moral standards have become more refined, and we have more empathy and respect for others. But by basic human nature I imply the primal nature of human natures. Raw feelings such as fear, resentment, curiosity, and awe has changed. These are the key emotions present in Plato's piece. Fear of the unknown, fear of pain, fear of others, fear of betrayal. Much like the fear that the subject experiences in Plato's piece, we still fear the same things today like our imaginary ancestors from centuries ago. Resentment towards others, resentment towards our betters, curiosity of the unknown, curiosity that causes pain, awe of the unknown, and the awe that comes with knowing new things. These attributes are still present today, if not more present, much like thousands of years ago. In that sense, basic human nature has not changed. More connection to text would reinforce ideas.
After reading the piece, I took some time to reflect on where I stood in regards to the Plato's opinion and his...
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