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John Artibello’s essay, ‘Leaving the cavern’, tosses light upon an essential aspect of our lives. According to him, it is only through a guy’s purposeful effort to comprehend his world and eventually himself that he has the ability to attain a genuinely significant life. Ignorance conserves an individual from the laborious process of knowing the responses to every tough concern, yet it is ignorance that puts behind bars the person to what is shallow and illusionary. In today’s market-driven society, people easily fall into the trap of the same run-of-the-mill desire for material things and for the glamour and vivid colors of the media.
Their blind adherence to seek product and physical satisfaction avoids them from breaking away from such a cycle. This is not a brand-new phenomenon; rather Socrates had addressed it two thousand years ago. He stated that a lot of men can not see beyond the illusions of life and are stuck with the shallow and false looks of the world at the surface level.
They resemble guys chained to the ground inside the caves because giving birth and are not able to plumb the real significance of what they see. Nevertheless, as soon as an individual is set free to investigate the outside world, he will simultaneously start to view reality in all its overwhelming plentitude.
From there he would be able to pursue a life, which has lots of significance and significance and would therefore achieve long lasting joy. For me, leaving the cavern implies turning my back on the expectations of my moms and dads that they have from me.
I would get light in the form of attaining my own individuality and finding my self-reliance. I have a senior sis and a more youthful sibling. My sibling has actually attended just 2 years of school and has not shown up to what according to my moms and dads is a good person with proper mannerisms and practices.
In order to reduce the disappointment that they face because of my sister, they want me to excel in everything that I do especially in the academics. The plight does not end here. They also burden me with the responsibility of taking care of my brother, as they feel that it is my duty to do so because I am elder to him. I am the one who is blamed for his inappropriate behavior or bad marks in school. This situation symbolizes the ‘cave’ in my life. I eagerly want to step out of this cave and live life on my own terms and not the one dictated by my parents.
I want to be responsible for only my own conducts and not that of my siblings. I want to show that I have my own personality, desires, likes and dislikes and hence no one should ever impose anything on me. I want to project myself as the master of my own self and not a puppet of my parents’ expectations and desires. The ‘light’ in my situation is to be able to carve my own niche and not be compared to my siblings in any way. To be able to build my own identity without any strings attached to others signifies ‘light’ in my life.
I am an independent human being and should be judged on the basis of my own achievements and not that of others. If I am able to achieve this I would consider myself successful in moving from the chains that have withheld me in the cave of duty and a sense of making others happy. Thus I would tread a path in which I am able to fulfill my own desires and attain my own happiness and personal satisfaction. Hence the essay ‘Leaving the cave’ by John Artibello is a great eye-opener for me as through it I was able to judge the reason of my dissatisfaction.
It also helped me in identifying the ways in which I can improve my situation. Till I read this essay, I was in a cave but after reading it I started seeing the first beams of light. I am glad that with the gained knowledge and my personal introspection the beam of light is getting bigger and bigger. Very soon I would leave behind the darkness completely and embrace light fully. References Artibello, J. (YEAR). Leaving the cave. [Insert PLACE OF PUBLICATION: PUBLISHER].
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