God is dead, but considering the state the species man is in, there will perhaps be caves, for ages yet, in which his shadow will be shown. ― Friedrich Nietzsche
To get his point across, Nietzsche uses Plato’s cave allegory that goes like this: Common people live like prisoners chained to a wall in a cave. Behind them, objects pass in front of a fire. The light of the fire projects their shadows on the walls. The people watch the shadows and give them names. This is the way common people perceive. The cave is a symbol of a mind bound that take things at face value. A philosopher is a person who managed to unchain himself and perceives the real objects.
Nietzsche didn’t bother about shadows, but I do. Removing shadows from cave walls by putting up candles (inspirations) is an important part of enlightenment work.
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