Discuss your reaction to Plato's "Allegory of the Cave."  Did you ever have a learning experience that "turned your soul toward reality?" I am not sure what the teacher is asking in the question: "turned your soul toward reality."

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In Plato's "Allegory of the Cave," people only see shadows projected on the wall in front of them by people and objects passing in front of a fire. These inmates, chained to the wall of the cave, only see shadows and mistake them for reality. Plato contrasts the inmates with philosophers, who can emerge from the cave and see reality. My reaction to this allegory is that it is difficult to break out of our own mental and philosophical caves to see reality, as we are always imprisoned by the impressions we take in with our limited senses and our limited view of the world. We find it difficult to know more than what is beyond our immediate reality.

Learning experiences that "turn your soul toward reality" are those that truly awaken in you an understanding of the wider world. Often, these learning experiences take place outside the classroom. For example, travel abroad or through an exchange program is a type of experience that helps people understand their own realities by giving them a...

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