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1. Your WIT, What Do I Think, is short, reflective work  Each WIT is to exhibit your critical analysis skills, your organizational skills for writing,  and your creative thinking skills.  You will write a 2-3 page reflection for each WIT.  Please put your WIT in MLA format, double space, and use a 12-point font size. You must cite the text or any source you draw upon as you complete the WIT assignment.  It is best to meet your WIT after engagement with the text material for each chapter.

WIT 1: Introduce yourself to Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”.  Book VII of his Republic, it speaks deeply to the ignorance of human beings.  Here’s an animated version that concisely and vividly brings the allegory to life: watch the video and answer the questions above.

2 Now that you’ve acquainted yourself with Plato’s allegory, think about its meaning.  What’s it an allegory for?  What lessons are we to take away from the allegory’s rich symbolism?  Here’s an excellent lecture that expounds upon and explains some of the lessons to be learned in Plato’s allegory

If you need additional videos or written analysis, YouTube and many other sources provide many options for further review.

After giving this profound piece some time and thought, compose a WIT expressing your understanding of the Cave and its implications for your own critical thinking and wisdom in life.

Specifically, tell about a cave you have been in by answering these questions:

  • What was your metaphorical cave?
  • Who put you there  (you or someone else)?
  • What specifically happened that forced you to leave the cave?
  • How did you feel as you were being “freed” from the cave, at that moment?
  • What truth did you discover after being forced out?
  • Have you tried to rescue others from their caves (Yes/No. Why or why not?)?
  • Watch the video and answer the questions above