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After reading and watching the Matrix, Descartes’s Meditation and Plato’s The Allegory of the Cave I have found that they share both similarities and differences. Firstly, it is evident that The Matrix and Plato’s cave allegory were similar because the characters involved in either of the stories were living in a world where they were deceived about the truth. In the two stories both characters were able to share reality and fake world and when given the chance to see the truth, they were confused to see it. In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, the prisoners were seeing illusions about their real world while in Matrix, once New was exposed to the truth; he believed that everything that he had previously seen was an illusion.The Matrix and readings from Plato demonstrate similarities in terms of qualities since they describe people in a world in which people are living inform of a dream or an illusion. The illusions in matrix demonstrate deceiving images which the characters were watchingor it can be pictures in a real world that they believed that they were surviving.
In contrast to these, it is evident that Plato and Matrixillustrate justified reasons for supporting their beliefs. According to religious beliefs especially of those from the bible, it is the role of man to consider what is true and false. It is evident that both characters in either case accepted the truth in a different kind of manner as compared to when they had been previously exposed.Plato justifies the Allegory of the Cave by demonstrating a man who had run from oppression in search of true reality in the world he lived. Luck came by when he went back since he was deceived by his sight. Plato argues that once a person has found true reality, they should go back to enlighten others who have found the reality (Alexander, 2013).
The Matrix movie seems to be a continuation of Descartes Meditations about reality and the perceived world. In both storylines, the characters are bound by a dream state of reality where everything they see is an illusion. It is evident that the Matrix seems to be foretelling the dream of Descartes of the demon that had came to his life to trick him to believe that his thinks and senses are not real. After this Descartes began to believe that his senses were false and believed in what he saw. From that moment, Descartes began to realize that his senses were a proof that the world he lived did not exist in reality. In order to perceive reality he would first liberate himself from the control of the demon. The evil demon as portrayed by Descartes is shown in the Matrix as the false intelligence that forces the creation of a virtual reality. Until modern has been taken from the Matrix, it is evident that he has no idea of truth and cannot prove anything into existence. In contrast while the character in Matrix finds their own reality, Descartes began questioning his own existence and therefore never been able to find the truth (Alexander, 2013).
People can prove the world they are living is real by questioning reality, dreams and illusions. Through philosophies such as phenomenology, reference request, metaphysics and epistemology one can prove that they are living in reality or illusions. It is evident that if one did not exist, there would be nothing to deceive. This means that one needs to exist in order for them to have dreams and illusions. The fact that one is thinking, it really means that they exist. There needs to be a thinker for there to have a thought. The fact that one is able to think it is evident that they are not living in the Platonic cave or even trapped in some sense of a matrix.
At the end of the cave allegory, Socrates implies that many people would want to escape the cave and see reality as it really is. This shows that it is better to live in the harshness of the reality rather than living in ignorance which is bliss and an illusion. While one is trapped into the cave, it is evident that they see what others want and can be easily controlled because other people want them to be controlled. The senses also tend to influence them to live in a life of virtual illusions that prevents them to see life in a reality (Starkey, 2003).
To conclude, since so much of our knowledge is based on sense experience, and since our senses are sometimes imperfect because they can easily be deceived, we can be certain that some of our beliefs can be true. The notion of incorrect sensory beliefs is self contradictory. The standard consensus of believing into some things demonstrates that they have a way of showing how something can actually be true. People should always use logic to question everything they perceive to be true so that they can have leverage into thinking.
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