Plato’s Cave
Author: Mark Spencer


Let’s ponder the teachings Plato gave
In his allegory of the cave;
It’s his most profound philosophy,
And it still holds true for you and me.

The cave was home to humanity,
And it fed upon their vanity.
Mankind was wrapped in an illusion,
A tapestry of vague confusion.

They believed the cave was everything,
Their conviction was unwavering,
None ever ventured into the light,
That lay beyond those cavernous sights.

Then one man journeyed out of that hole,
Into a realm that broadened his soul.
He wrote it down, and then he returned,
Hoping to share the lessons he learned.

He found them there, starring at shadows,
Their symphonies, nothing but echoes.
When he attempted to set them free,
They killed him for speaking blasphemy.

They called it “life”, down there in the cave.
But it was destined to be their grave.
Hopelessly lost to a delusion,
They put their faith in an illusion.

What you think is real, may be a lie,
The mountain, the sea, the moon and sky.
If Plato’s philosophy is right,
Has anyone ever seen the light?

Is reality just make believe?
Can we trust what our senses perceive?
Or do those senses have us enslaved,
Starring at shadows in Plato’s cave?


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Wess ( -- Saturday, February 4 2012, 01:17 am

Philosophy 101!

I studied Plato's Allegory of the Cave in college. Great Poem! - Wess
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