“My creator! I finally found you! I’m Georgios.”
“Georgios! What a nice surprise!”
“Thank you for creating me and for taking me to this wonderful world of light, colors and three dimensions. I’m so grateful!”
“Well, I invented you to serve as example in my little allegory. I hope you didn’t mind.”

“I loved it! At first, when I was in the cave with the other prisoners, accustomed to grayness and two dimensions, I thought that it was all that existed. So when you took me outside and showed me this world of three dimensions, with light and colors, I was horrified and wanted to go back! The light was intense and the colors and shapes confusing. But slowly, I understood that what I knew before was nothing compared to this marvelous world…”

“I used those contrasts to teach my students at the Ἀκαδημία that, according to master Socrates, there is another reality hidden beyond our sense perceptions.”
“…and then you sent me back to the cave to tell my friends what I had discovered. But words couldn’t describe it, and they wouldn’t listen to me. They had no interest in anything outside their limited world!”

“Yes, the point of the allegory was to illustrate that our sense perceptions are limited and illusory. Your escape from the cave symbolized our capacity to go beyond this world and discover something superior, something unchangeable and infinite.”
“But who would like to leave this beautiful world? I love it! In fact, I’ve decided to take up painting to play with forms and colors.”

“Well, if you don’t try to go beyond your senses, you aren’t different from your fellow prisoners in my story.”
“How so? They chose to stay in the cave and I escaped!”
“Have you never felt any longing for the unknown, Georgios? To discover a greater freedom and a deeper joy?”

“No, sir! Here, I have everything I need. This is plenty for me!”
“Of course. Well, Georgios, it was nice seeing you. Good luck with your plans to become a painter.”
“Goodbye, master Plato. And thanks again for everything!”

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
10 months ago

Hello, Christer. This is an interesting story. When I read the title, I immediately smiled. It is another great story with a touch about the great philosophers. Well done. 

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
9 months ago

No. I haven’t read that yet. But I search that story on the internet. And it sounds great and interesting. I will read about it soon.

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
9 months ago

This is a thought-provoking story, Christer. It is so easy to become complacent and not to long for something bigger than ourselves. This is another well-written piece.

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