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Faking it
Faking it

Modern life is heading to this strange place where everything is a representation of a representation and nothing is real.

Paul Attanasio

Plato pictured human life as a pilgrimage from appearance to reality. In his allegory of the cave in The Republic, prisoners are chained inside a cave facing a wall. Behind them is a fire and a parapet along which people pass carrying different objects. The prisoners can only see shadows cast against the cave wall by the light of the fire playing on those on the parapet. The flickering images aren't the reality. The shadow-bound consciousness of the prisoners isn't reality, although they take it to be. Reality – the world of Forms – can only be found in the sun-lit world ...

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