~C’est La Vie~
In ‘Plato’s Allegory of the Cave’, he describes a world where prisoners live chained in a cave hidden away from real life. An allegory is a story with a hidden meaning behind it, not necessarily a moral, but often so. In this case, the allegory’s hidden meaning is what Plato considered a trait of human nature. Thousands of years later, how can we relate this to our everyday life experiences? Personally, this story is relatable to me through the teachings of my religion, Islam. I also connected this story to the recent refugee problems in North America.
The story of ‘Plato’s Allegory of the Cave’ is about three men that are chained prisoners inside a cave. In front of them is a wall of the that works as a projector of the “real life” display behind them. This display is a walkway and a fire that creates a shadow on the wall for the objects that stand in front of it. What these men see on the wall is what they consider “life” when in reality these are only shadows and they are blinded from reality. However, one man is released from these bindings and sees the real-life objects behind him but when he comes back to the cave to explain to the others what he saw, they didn’t believe him.
This story completely related to me on a personal level, religion wise. After reading this story i thought to myself that the enchained men symbolized the ignorant “islamophobists” whereas the released man was a normal person who is enlightened by the actual truth.
People who refuse to learn and explore beyond what they read about islam on the media are the men who only see shadows against a caves wall. As being a person who believes in the muslim religion, i know what it is truly about. Islam teaches everyone to care for on another no matter what the circumstances are, not to harm one another. The muslim religion is a peaceful religion. Ignorance isn’t ever a good excuse, all you have to do is turn around and look at the walkway and fire behind you rather than staring at the shadows depicted infant of you. In conclusion, Islam is a beautiful religion about love and kindness and it should be admired rather than feared, so get out of your stupid cave ignorant people. Which also leads up to my next topic, refugees.
Refugees are innocent people who are in need for help. I know for a fact that many of us are either refugees or have parents and grandparents who were refugees. These people were accepted with open arms and were given a better/ more safe lifestyle. They became citizens of the country. And as citizens of a country I believe it is important to accept others who have been through the same sufferings and help them in times of need no matter where they come from and what religion they practice. Diversity isn’t an opportunity to build walls, it is an opportunity to open doors.