And do you see, I said, men passing along the wall carrying all sorts of vessels, and statues and figures of animals made of wood and stone and various materials, which appear over the wall? Some of them are talking, others silent.

from Plato – The Republic (Book 7: The Allegory of the Cave) on Rap Genius


The shadows on the cave wall take numerous forms, as various as the world we see around us. The men chained up can only see these shadows, which are no more than suggestions or debased versions of the ideal forms they represent.

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