Removing Shadows from Cave Walls
God is dead, but considering the state the species man is in, there will perhaps be caves, for ages yet, in which his shadow will be shown. ― Friedrich Nietzsche
To get his point across, Nietzsche uses Plato’s cave allegory that goes like this: Common people live like prisoners chained to a wall in a cave. Behind them, objects pass in front of a fire. The light of the fire projects their shadows on the walls. The people watch the shadows and give them names. This is the way common people perceive. The cave is a symbol of a mind bound that take things at face value. A philosopher is a person who managed to unchain himself and perceives the real objects.
Nietzsche didn’t bother about shadows, but I do. Removing shadows from cave walls by putting up candles (inspirations) is an important part of enlightenment work.
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