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Comparing my life to Plato’s Cave

As we go through our lives. Almost everyday it’s the same routine. What we do and see on a normal basis is what we’ve grown to know. It isn’t until there’s a change of scenery that we discover new things.

Two years ago, I absolutely hated school. Every morning I would walk through the front doors and wish I could be anywhere else but there.

It wasn’t until I transferred, that I was able to have a whole new outlook on school. It was like a whole different world. Everyone at my new school was so nice and welcoming, I actually enjoyed my classes, and overall I just felt comfortable.

I feel this can relate to Plato’s Cave in the sense that I’m the one that escaped from the cave. While I was in the cave (my old school), that’s all you think there is because that’s all you’ve ever known. But as soon as I got out of the cave I was introduced to something new – not hating school. In fact, somewhat enjoying it.

We grow up protected by familiarity. It makes us feel safe. Change is a scary thing, but it can lead to so many different things in life. Some can be great, some not so great. But taking the risk is worth it because along the way, you get to discover things you may have never known before.

Sometimes it’s worth it to take a different route home one day and see what happens. How are you supposed to know what else is out there if you don’t ever leave the cave?

How could they see anything but the shadows if they were never allowed to move their heads?

Photo courtesy of thinkingwitness.org

Photo courtesy of thinkingwitness.org



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