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Archive for December, 2011

Plato’s Cave – Perception or Reality?

What do you see?

Are you familiar with the allegory of Plato’s Cave?  The story details what happens when a group of people are placed in a cave from birth.  They are chained to a wall and are unable to look anywhere except straight ahead of them.  Behind them is a massive fire that provides the only light source for the cave.  Behind them, people can walk, but they can’t see the people, only the shadows they project on the wall in front of them.  Therefore, they see the shadows as reality, not realizing that  people exist who are making the shadows. 

     When I first read about this story, I immediately thought about my own life, and  how many times I’ve been fooled about “reality” – about what is real in life and what is only our faulty perception.  I know that many people are content to see the shadows, but if you are like me, and you are searching for Truth, make a New Year’s resolution with me.  I resolve to always look further for the Truth and not settle for the shadows of cheap perception.
Have a Happy New Year!

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