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The analogy of the cave is a metaphorical description used by Plato, to emphasise just how
possible it is that the world around us is in fact an illusion created by our senses and not true
reality at all. Plato believed strongly in the concept of appearance versus reality, and…

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enlightenment and there is more to this world than meets the eye. The journey out of the cave is
agonising because it requires us to reject everything that we thought was to be true. The fact that
the prisoner escapes suggests that there is also an opportunity for us to…

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