11 November 2008

Why "A View From the Cave"?

So I figured that I should eventually explain the reasoning and the meaning of the name of my blog.  I can't really say why this name came to me because its influence is something that I have not thought about for a while.  There are two things that I have read that continue to occupy my thoughts and random moments.  The first is the section in Milton's Paradise Lost when Adam goes to sleep and has a dream that he is flying over Eden with God and comes to realize that he was not sleeping but awake (Keats sums this up saying, "The imagination may be compared to Adam's dream, - he awoke and found it truth").  The second is the allegory of the cave from Plato's Republic.  That takes a bit more to explain, but it is what I decided upon as the inspiration for the title of my blog.
I have included a video that depicts the section that I am speaking of.  I feel that if you do not know this part or just forgot, this video will provide a sufficient explanation (plus you have to love claymation).

I believe this to be an apt way of describing the experience upon which I will embark this coming year.  I think this allegory can be relevant to the way that many people live today.   It seems that when one spends his or her life amongst the same things and ideas without ever striving to challenge the existing frameworks, then that person is really not different than the people in Plato's cave.  In other words, how can man have an understanding of the world around himself when he has only ever looked at the shadows on the wall?  It is my hope and goal that this blog will offer a view of the world away from the metaphoric cave.  Hence the title "A View From the Cave."