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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

My View on Religion and how Plato's Cave influenced it.

    Section 10          
              

                 I’m glad I had a chance to write about this before the end of the semester. I feel like religion is always one of the first topics people think about when talking about philosophy. I was taught from a young age to not pay attention to things like philosophy or my doubts about God, because I was told that was the work of Satan. Pretty ridiculous, right?
                  I think so too. I think it is toxic to tell a child he can not think. But I am not the only case of this. This has been happening since the birth of Christianity. Did you know there was a time when people could’ve been sentenced to death for acquiring scientific evidence that opposed the bible? This is only evidence of how restraining this religion has been on mankind.
                  All my Christian life I wondered where my god was. I constantly called out to him with no response. This is my eternal life on the line and you aren’t going to respond? That’s not love in my eyes. That’s isolation. Why was god isolating me? Me? I don’t even have it bad. God has isolated the world it seemed. There’s was too much pain in the world to have a loving god. Years went by and I still didn’t find the answer I was looking for, so I started asking different questions.
                  When I started finding answers I ran with it. I am now an entire different person. Getting over religion was tough but I’m way more comfortable with the way I see the Universe now. A Universe where I don’t have to worry about a rathful god, or an eternity in hell. My new outlook on life was a huge weight lifted off my back. Everything made so much more sense. Shortly after this “awakening” I found philosophy and fell in love. Nothing I have studied has been as logical as philosophy. One of my favorite topics was Platos, “The Allegory of the Cave.” Take a look at this video for a detailed break down of the subject. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWlUKJIMge4
                  In my opinion, the cave shadows represent religion, media, and everything else that can be blinding to our senses when it comes to the truth about anything and everything. I saw the cave dwellers were people I had been surrounded by my entire life. When trying to speak with them of my enlightening experience, I was shamed and insulted, as the man in the video was. Trying to help them understand only lead to lashing out and being accused of trying to make them feel “stupid.”
                  Hearing about his cave I already knew I had been in my whole life was moving. I had these ideas about the cave and could even tell the difference between people in and out of this so called cave. I related to this lesson that man wrote thousands of years ago. Yet I saw that a majority of the people throughout history did not. And this to me, is very saddening. How could this, and other philosophy, not have went across the world spreading as fast as Christianity did? I know exactly why. It doesn’t promise a loving god. It doesn’t promise an eternity in heaven where you can have anything you want. It doesn’t promise anything. To me, I don’t need comfort when searching for the truth. All I want is the truth, regardless of how scary it seems at first.

1 comment:

  1. "And the truth shall set you free"... but of course, caves and shadows come in many forms. It's possible to liberate oneself from one cave, only to tumble into another. I know people who once were blinded by dogmatic religon and have now fallen into an equally dark corner of irreligion. Even Plato's version of the "light of reason" places us at risk of sacrificing our personal independence and autonomy for a rationally structured autocracy of "enlightened" governance. So we need to guard against smugness and superiority, when returning to visit those in the caves we've left behind.

    But, it's always wonderful to learn of someone who's freed himself from the twin yokes of superstition and fear. Congratulations!

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