THE STORY

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Three prisoners have been chained deep inside a cave for the entirety of their lives. They are chained so tightly that all they ever see or experience are the grotesque shadows cast on a wall from a fire that is burning behind them. These shadows are the only reality that they have ever known.Then one day, a prisoner is released. Upon leaving the cave, he is astonished to see people, animals, and objects, which are actually casting these shadows into the cave.
He rushes back in to tell the prisoners the news, but to his dismay, the prisoners do not believe his fantastic stories of the world outside of the cave. For the shadows on the wall are the only reality that the prisoners have ever known, and therefore, that will ever exist.