allegory of the cave
Chapter I

From the beginning people like this have never managed, whether on their own or with the help by others, to see anything besides the shadows that are projected on the wall opposite them by the glow of the fire.

Plato’s Repuplic (Book VII) 

Now if they were able to say something about what they saw and to talk it over, do you not think that they would regard that which they saw on the wall as beings.       Plato’s Repuplic (Book VII)

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