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Plato's prison by ntora Plato's prison by ntora
It was Plato, the philosopher, that said that what we think as reality is more like the shadows reflected on the back of a cave when you turn your back to the bright open entrance.
Here is my visualization of that...



Plato's Alegory of the Cave
Chained in place, the cave-dwellers can see nothing but shadows (of their own bodies and of other things)projected on a flat wall in front of them [...]
They cannot truly comprehend what they see, since they are prevented from grasping its true source and nature. (Republic 514a) [...]
Plato seriously intended this allegory as a representation of the state of ordinary human existence. We, like the people raised in a cave, are trapped in a world of impermanence and partiality, the realm of sensible objects.
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Rozrr Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice one. I love this allegory and use it often. Dump your TV's people and see the rest of the world and all that is really going on...
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RJ7237 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
There's a part in the allegory when the freed prisoner sees the fire and the objects used to make the shadows. This is when the person goes "Ahha! These are the real things." Though they're not.The object that makes the shadow of what's called a cat isn't a cat. It's the perception of a cat. It's not until we get outside the cave can we see a real cat. Even if we turn off our TV's, we're not seeing the real world, only the perception of the world.We're not quite out of the cave.
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Chickenwhite Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful... I's like to say more, but adjectives are escaping me...
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ntora Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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FrodoPrime Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
powerful interpretation - beautiful control of light and dark
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Farguss Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009   General Artist
mg, so evocative.. i love this shot..

^_-
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ntora Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
again thank you... it is an image that makes me think... positively ;)
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leighly Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
:thumbsup: !
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ntora Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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BurtKnee Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
Woah! I love this! I love it when someone can take something so simple and make it powerful! You did that!
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ntora Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
sometimes things are really clear ans simple and we think complicated
I am glad you like it, my friend.
thank you
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Marusska Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Great! :heart: :wow:
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ntora Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you.
I had this in my mind for a long time...
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Marusska Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem :) :)
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thinkeroom Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007
great imagination... :eyepopping:
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ntora Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you
it is the philosophers wisdome that inspired me
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kos5tas Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007   Photographer
very minimalistic but at the same time very powerfull feelings :)
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ntora Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks.
that is actually a popular image of mine :confused:
Eyxaristo gia ta favs :thanks:
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kos5tas Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007   Photographer
np my pleasure :)
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the25thRainyDay Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
lovely
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ntora Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks...
it is a great philosophy story as well..
:peace:
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DragaoNegro Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007
amazing, brilliant!
Great photo... Its kind of scarry...
I really loved it
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ntora Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you.
It is a great philosophy theory as well.
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DragaoNegro Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
Yes it is =]
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secretspot Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
very nice photo. can i use your photo to do a manipulation?
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ntora Featured By Owner May 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you and yes.
But you need to put a link to the original at your description and drop e a note so I can add a link of your manip to the original ok?
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avf Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007
:giggle: Lucky we have you here Socrates, to drag us up the steep slope and to have us look into the sun. For it is when we look into the sun that we are able to first reason about ourselves.
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ntora Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Philosophy is not teachings and books.
It is not beliefs or substitute for religion.
Philospophy is a way of life and the best way to deal with it.
That is what I say.
Glad you found my work inspiring.
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avf Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007
As a philosopher, I have a problem for every solution. (Robert Zend)


:heart:
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ntora Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
nicely put, sir!
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Jutei Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2006   Photographer
great shot, shot simple, but beautiful!
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ntora Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you very much.
I just hope it made sence with the point I'm trying to make.
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katsaridas Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2006
exeis tharos pantws.. exceptional photo..xx
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ntora Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
tharros.... hmmm where did u get that from...?
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blackholes Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2006
Excellent!! :thumbsup:
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ntora Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you
I knew you d like it!
thanks for the :+fav: and :+devwatch:
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Nia777 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006
i feel like this now days :(
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IzNoGooD Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006
e3ypno :)
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ntora Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
oti mporoume kanoyme... einai dyskolo to theme tou diagwnismou...
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IzNoGooD Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006
gl! :D
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nocturnaljourney Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent photo!
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ntora Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you very much!
:handshake:
I am always curious and ask how you found it? browsing?
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TimmyMobile Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006
amazing shot! that and the description means :+fav: :lmao:

good luck in the contest :)
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ntora Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you very much!
how did you find it? browsing?
I only hope the analogy with Platos theories will be clear to most...
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TimmyMobile Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006
heh, you noticed! checked out your gallery and its pretty awesome. (:

dont worry, Plato-ism is a universal language, everyone will interpret this correctly
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ntora Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you for your kind words :fingerscrossed:
I hope you are right
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londonxpress Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006
I think this will make for a strong entry - best of luck with the contest!
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ntora Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you ver very much!
is it entered already? where did you see this?
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Formor Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006
You can make someone a prisoner but the life that the person lived before will also reflect back in their memory, when all else is bound the imagination remains...
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ntora Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
well told...
I added quotes of Platos Alegory of the Cave and a link that looked pretty elaborate about it.
I always liked his alegory of human enlightment... and philosophy is just the best way to liberate yourself form the cave/prison...
yet another :+fav: ... what can i say?
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