How Could They Not Mention That?

allegory of the cave

The other day I was talking to a college student about their current class in western philosophy.
Which if you know anything about it, starts with a guy named Plato.
I casually brought up how The Matrix was based off of The Allegory Of The Cave.
That it took elements from that story.
And the student had no idea what I was talking about.
As if the teacher didn’t even think about bringing up the iconic movie.
Really teachers?
Is it that hard to relate ancient works to modern culture?
Do you think all these movies are that creative?
Superman wasn’t based off of Jesus Christ.
Stars Wars isn’t inspired by Nazis.
Not at all.
Come one, that is just lazy on the teacher’s part.
If you are going to teach Plato you can at least bring up how the very technology we have are the shadows on the wall that are fake.
And how this blog is related to it.
Yes these very words you are reading tie into to the Allegory Of The Cave.
I am the man controlling the shadows (the words) and you are the ones watching them.
The only thing that you can do is hope that I am trying to tell you some sort of truths here.
(The truth being that you are in a cave).
Or if you want you can relate the Allegory Of The Cave to a kid’s book.
Alice In Wonderland.
My god the movie practically tells you the whole adventure that Neo is on is a metaphor for false perceptions that a guy wrote before any of us were even alive.
But no.
The teacher didn’t do that.
What did he do?
He bored the students by acting as if the ancient writers are out of touch.
As if they are not like us.
And they never even lived on Earth.
Their works inspired no one.
Besides the schools who had to add them to the curriculum for budget purposes.
That may be the worst lesson a teacher can teach his students.

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One thought on “How Could They Not Mention That?

  1. Inspired by Plato’s Cave Allegory and the Mass Media, the intended communicated message of the film is to criticize mass media for selectively manufacturing a frame to represent the world, spreading propaganda, portraying false images, and therefore, creating a distorted reality full of “shadows”, as Socrates would argue.


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