by Azeem Khan

Photo by tijmen van dobbenburgh from FreeImages

In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, it is said that people belonging to the cave have accepted the cave as their world while the one who has seen the real world and knows how beautiful, open and real the world is, still wants to be in the cave because now he feels that he belongs to that place and wants to stay there.

I cannot really relate a real-life example to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave because, for me either everything is a cave or nothing is a cave. By this I mean that if we want to relate the real world with Plato’s Allegory of Cave then everything is a cave. For example, the Earth is our cave and outer Space is the world outside the cave or all the things we know is a cave and things we don’t know is the real world. We know scientists and researchers are constantly working to find the real world which is unknown to us or trying to increase the boundaries of the cave. But I think no matter how much we research and try to find out the deepest secrets of the universe, we will only increase the boundaries of our caves. No matter how much we know, there will be things we don’t know and I don’t think we will be able to step outside our cave even though we will be constantly stretching its limits. We can’t really go outside the cave because there will always be a line defining the cave and the real or the outer world. 

However, I think there is a moment in every living being’s life in which it has to leave the cave and step out. That moment is death in which everyone has to step outside and face the world outside the cave. We don’t know whether there is an all new world beyond life after death or it is null, but it is definitely outside the cave of life and we do not want to see outside. We are like the person mentioned in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, we know the about the things beyond life but we love life and don’t want to leave it. We don’t like the people who talk about death and claim to show world beyond life. Here I am comparing death and Plato’s Allegory because indeed, death is everything or nothing and there are also some caves or limits, that nature and evolution have given as. 

The cage of being human our whole life physically is a cave according to me. Our body is like a cage because sometimes we want to roar like lion into the world and acquire peace but we cannot. We can silence the world a little in some way but only by using our power by thinking as a human and not as any other creature’ we cannot really go outside the skin of being Human. Here I would like to highlight the contrariness of nature and human thinking. Humans don’t like death but nature forces us towards it and humans may want to be something else other than human but nature doesn’t allow it. To conclude, sometimes we do not want to go outside the cave and sometimes we are forced to be inside the cave just like the people in Plato’s Cave. 

Categories: ReadWander


Hmn · December 10, 2020 at

Plato’s cave as our knowledge, life and body! A very interesting absurdist take on the allegory. Imagining the cave to be the boulder of Sisyphus…

Sumathi Venugopalan · June 22, 2021 at

Very well expressed.
It’s true that we live within our own boundaries, created by none other than our own self.
We can be the curator of the expanse of the cave and the experience of the cave. It is all within us to find the means of exploration.
Our experiences may not be the same, living within the cave, forced or otherwise.

Leave a Reply

Avatar placeholder

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll Up